Building, operating and investing in innovative entrepreneur-led technology businesses.
Alan has worked for pioneering international companies across three industries; in oilfield exploration with Schlumberger, network infrastructure with HP and mobile communications with the Telesystem group.
As a venture investor, Alan co-founded GSM Capital, the first global wireless venture fund, with notable investments such as Saraïde (acquired by Infospace) and Paypal. As a founding partner in Acta Wireless, he chaired OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), co-founded Millennial Media (NYSE: MM, acquired by Verizon AOL) as well as Real Ventures, Canada's leading source of capital for game-changing entrepreneurs and a driving force behind emerging tech ecosystems.
Alan contributes to his community as Chairman of the OSMO Foundation (Maison Notman House), Co-President of Bonjour Startup Montreal, a Board Member of Montréal’s Quartier de l’Innovation (QI), Cofounder/Ambassador of TechAide, an Advisory Board Member of AI4GoodLab and an Advisor to Kids Code Jeunesse.
A native of Scotland, keen cyclist and lifelong skier, Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from INSEAD.