Dr. Allan Bonner BEd’78 - Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

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Allan Bonner’s extraordinary career began 40 years ago with the first of many post-graduate degrees – a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Regina. Ever since he has been building his professional experience and skills and is considered one of the most respected risk and crisis managers in the world. He has worked on five continents, lectured at universities in England, Russia, the United States, and Canada, and his books are used as texts at leading universities in North America and England.  

During his career, he has counselled nearly 30,000 senior executives and played a role in working through some of the most controversial public issues of our time. These issues include: Hong Kong’s return to China, European Union, NAFTA, overfishing, cross-border pollution, G7 meetings, Kosovo, Gulf Wars I & II, 9/11, and the recent OECD and G20s attempt to make the international taxation issue, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), or so-called transfer pricing, more equitable and rational.   

Allan has consulted to the military (JAG, Chiefs of Defence Staff, Provost Marshall, Peacekeepers), international diplomats (including at the UN and its agencies), domestic, offshore and central banks, oil, gas, and chemical companies and other blue chip clients on five continents.

He has worked with 12 heads of government, more than 100 cabinet ministers and UN officials in Nairobi, Malta, Vienna, and New York. Two of his long-standing clients are Nobel Peace Prize recipients.

Allan began his career as a journalist at the local and network levels in Canada and in the United States. In Saskatchewan, he worked for CJME and both CBC Radio and CBC. He holds graduate degrees in: political science; business administration; law; risk, crisis, and disaster management; and urban planning. He is currently studying for a degree in public policy and administration which will be his seventh post-graduate degree.

For 30 years he has been both a guest lecturer and taught full courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Canadian Police College, Federal Study Centre, the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Osgoode Hall Law School, New York University, York University, the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, The George Washington University, Oxford University (UK), Royal Holloway University (UK), the Kamsky Institute of Humanitarian and Engineering Technologies in Izhevsk, Russia, and the University of Regina.

He is the author of eight books on the topics of communication, leadership, urban planning, and crisis management. He has written about 200 articles for Marketing Magazine, Law Times, Bout de Papier, Internal Communications Focus, Canadian Corporate Counsel, The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, the Hill times, Troy Media syndication, Tribune News Service syndication, Lawyers Weekly, Calgary Herald, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and National Post.

He was the first North American to be awarded a post-graduate degree in risk, crisis, and disaster management. A life-long learner, Allan has been trained in negotiation skills and leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has taken extension courses at the University of Toronto, and is part-way through a certificate in emergency preparedness at Ryerson University.   

Allan has just been named to the board of the Mackenzie Institute, the think tank dedicated to security issues.