Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
As the Chief Strategic Policy and External Relations Officer, Alison manages a range of functions including: strategic policy; executive governance; national communication services and public affairs; planning and priorities; and access to information and privacy. In addition, her sector leads the RCMP’s modernization agenda, identifying and supporting a range of projects and initiatives. The sector also provides strategic and administrative support to the Management Advisory Board for the RCMP.
Alison has been with the RCMP since 2003 as a policy analyst before taking on more senior level roles. In 2013, Alison joined the RCMP’s Federal Policing program where she was responsible for managing policy development and analysis on national security, serious and organized crime, financial crime, and cybercrime as Director General Strategic Policy, and later as Executive Director Strategic Policy and External Relations. In 2018, she was appointed Executive Director of National Security and Protective Policing – the first public service employee to hold the position.
Alison began her professional career at the Public Policy Forum, later joining the federal public service with her first position at the National Secretariat on Homelessness. A proud Newfoundlander, Alison holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in National and International Security program.