An experienced business leader and entrepreneur, Allan is currently President & CEO of Excellence Canada and has a demonstrated track record of visionary leadership and corporate success.
Allan immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1973 to study for an MBA at the University of Toronto and also qualified as a Chartered Accountant articling at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). After a brief career as an accountant, Allan and partners acquired a small furniture and appliance chain in 1976 and grew it from $4M to over $100M in revenues before selling the business to a well-known national competitor.
In 1979, Allan founded International Business Schools Inc. – a company he took public on the NASDAQ stock exchange and, as President & CEO, grew to become the largest chain of private career colleges in Canada training 250,000 adults for new careers before he sold the company to a South African publicly traded company specializing in training and education.
Allan then founded a company called Management Mentors International (MMI). Following four years dedicated to management training, coaching and mentoring, Allan was recruited to become President & CEO of Excellence Canada (formally the National Quality Institute), a not-for-profit organization that provides strategic focus and direction for Canadian organizations to transform themselves to become best-in-class. It is also home to the prestigious Canada Awards for Excellence® program under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada.
Allan had also earned a Masters of Law degree in Global Business (GPLLM) from the Faculty of Laws at the University of Toronto and is a Certified Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). He has served on the faculty of the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at York University and was previously a volunteer Director of the Rotman School of Management MBA Integrated Management Course (IMC).
CEOs who have the opportunity to work with Allan will benefit from his passionate dedication to helping people and organizations strive for excellence and achieve their full potential.