Communications and Marketing Specialist

Joan has extensive experience as a marketing communications specialist and trainer in the Ontario government as well as the private and not-for-profit sectors. She specializes in integrated marketing communications, leadership development, and coaching. She designs, develops and facilitates courses.

Her career in the public service spanned over eight years. As an Assistant Director of Communications, she led the Strategic Communications Unit for the Ministry of Education with 18 direct reports. She was an Advisor to Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Parliamentary Assistants, senior management and program management across the ministry.

Ms. Allison also has extensive marketing experience in the private sector. She held product development and progressive marketing roles in emerging technologies during the evolution of self-service banking in the financial services industry. She has been involved in numerous start-ups in the areas of telephone banking, online banking enhancements and credit card marketing. She has worked internationally in marketing and communications and has lived in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and Greece.