Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College, 2016.

MA, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, 1993.

B.Ed., Queen's University, 1988.

BA, Trent University, 1984.

"'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.' - African proverb "


Alison McNeil (MA, University of British Columbia, 1993) has been Chair of the Public Administration department of Capilano University since August 2008 and began as an instructor in January 2008. She is an educator, community planner, public policy analyst and program manager who has worked in the local government sector for 25 years.

Prior to joining Capilano University, McNeil was Senior Manager of Policy Development and Corporate Programs at the City of Richmond. Her local government experience also includes planning at the District of North Vancouver, assisting in the District's Official Community Plan review and neighbourhood involvement programs.

From 1996 to 2007, McNeil worked for the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the association representing all local governments in the province, as a Senior Policy Analyst and program manager. During this time, she helped develop UBCM policy and programs on a wide range of issues, including First Nations relations and treaty negotiations, healthy communities, regional districts and municipal governance, finance and legislation.

McNeil has also worked at the provincial level, joining the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in the mid-1990s as a Senior Policy Analyst, assisting with the development of regional planning legislation known as the Growth Strategies Act.

I teach PADM 201 and 202 and several PADM MATI courses.

I enjoy serving on a number of boards and committees, and am currently a member of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation board and the Planning Institute of BC Communications Committee.

I am a speaker at conferences and other events, most recently at the 2019 BC Library Association conference and runs planning workshops for boards and committees.