Allan Malcomson is the vice president of United Malwood Merchants and senior manager for Canadian Tire in Kanata. Malwood is a family business, operating one of the largest Canadian Tire footprints in the country with nearly 200 front line employees. Consequently, Allan has become both an advocate and a champion for progressive mental health strategies in business and the community. The challenges of supporting such a large team in the demanding and competitive Canadian retail landscape has encouraged the Malcomson Family to support the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health as the presenting sponsor for the Leaders for Mental Health Breakfast, a contributor to the Inspiration Awards Gala and through Canadian Tire as the presenting sponsor of The Open, The Royal’s Golf Tournament. In addition, Allan has been a consistent supporter of DIFD through merchandise sales, raffles and other awareness raising campaigns within the store.
In addition, Allan has contributed to Canadian Aid for Chernobyl making annual trips to Chaussy Belarus to facilitate a hockey school for an orphanage of one hundred students. Allan, through Canadian Tire, has been a longtime supporter of the Snowsuit Fund Ottawa, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and providing access to sports for underprivileged youth with Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Allan embraces the need for both mental and physical wellness, trying to provide support to the organizations listed above as they focus on both of these strategies. Finally, Allan takes advantage of all opportunities to discuss mental health awareness and stigma, in both his professional and personal life.