Elyse Allan

Elyse Allan

Honorary Degree

Fall 2013 Convocation

Elyse Allan is a passionate champion for Canada’s competitiveness, advancing the country’s science and technology base and competitive fiscal policy. A strong communicator, Allan is an inclusive leader who builds consensus.

As president and chief executive officer of GE Canada and vice-president of GE, Allan is responsible for growing GE’s business in Canada. Her career with GE began in 1984, and has spanned the US, Canada, and several industrial and consumer GE businesses including aviation, energy and lighting.

Prior to her current position, Allan was president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade and, before that, a senior executive at Ontario Hydro.

She actively engages in industry groups, public policy and the community and serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the C.D. Howe Institute, MaRS Discovery District, Conference Board of Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum board of governors. Allan has also served on a number of federal and provincial government advisory boards.

Allan has been recognized as a YWCA 2012 Woman of Distinction (Business), a Top 100 Business Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network and as one of Canadian Business Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Canada (2009).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and environmental studies from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. An active alumna, she serves on the Tuck School Board of Overseers. Allan holds an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University and Saint Mary’s University.


Convocation speech