Allan's presentation will discuss the evolution of the costing function in National Defence and the process Defence uses to generate cost estimates. Topics will include the creation of the Center for Costing in Defence, how costing supports the Chief Financial Officer Attestation process for Cabinet Documents, an overview of the Life Cycle Costing process in Defence and finally it will discuss how risk and sensitivity is presented to decision makers.
Allan enrolled in the Naval Reserve at HMCS CARLETON in 1980 and as a sailor, served in a multitude of roles including administration, bosun and diver finally obtaining his bridge watch-keeping certificate as a MARS officer. Allan retired from the Naval Reserve in 2002. Allan joined the National Defence in 1990. Since that time he has served in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance Branch, as well as spending time within both the Canadian Army and the Information Management Branch. After a brief sojourn with the Correctional Service of Canada as the Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting, Allan returned to National Defence in 2009 as Director of Strategic Finance and Costing. In 2011, as a result of the Chief Financial Officer realignment initiative, he became Director Costing Services. He has since grown and transformed the costing function in National Defence and is now the Executive Director of the newly established Center for Costing in Defence responsible for both producing Life Cycle Cost Estimates for major procurement projects as well as for implementing leading and best practices in costing in Defence.
Allan graduated from Carleton University with an Honours degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) in good standing.