Alan is a water and sustainability professional and an instructor in BCIT’s School of Business + Media. Since January 2021, he has been leading Foresight’s new waterNEXT initiative, developing a pan-Canada ecosystem to support the acceleration and adoption of Canadian water innovation and technologies.Download Speaker Kit
As Principal at Shapiro & Company, Alan works with industry, non-profit, and research sector clients on complex, crunchy water and sustainability challenges through amplifying the impact of purpose-driven organizations, building ecosystems to enable coordinated action, and helping to train the next generation of environmental leaders. His previous consulting roles, including with PGL Environmental, have included work on environmental impact assessments, groundwater studies, water management plans, and contaminated sites investigations.
Alan also serves as an advisor for the Centre for Social Innovation’s Climate Ventures accelerator and a mentor through the Connecting Environmental Professionals Vancouver network. He holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta.
- April 3, 2023 Article What's Next in the World of Water - Reflections from the UN 2023 Water Conference The UN March 2023 Water Conference offered leaders a chance to align, advance, and advocate for bold #wateraction.
- September 7, 2022 Article Key Learnings from waterNEXT’s Summer 2022 Waterside Chat Sessions These private sessions included sector-specific speakers, all of whom shared their expertise on the water industry, answered questions from water tech companies in attendance, and provided valuable advice and insights into challenges and lessons learned for companies wanting to accelerate their growth.
- June 13, 2022 Article Mapping Canada’s Water Technology Ecosystem | A New Report From Foresight Canada The waterNEXT Water Technology in Canada Report charts a course through the many sectors and subsectors, utilities, industries, organizations, and communities that could be affected by this critical resource, and is a collaboration between Foresight and IISD, with support from AquaAction.