Alison Pilla

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy




Alison Pilla joined the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs in July 2007 and is responsible for strategic policy and planning for both ministry and government-wide Aboriginal issues and initiatives.

Alison is the lead for several key ministry policy initiatives including the government’s strategic framework for Aboriginal Affairs, Resource Benefits Sharing, Economic Development and Urban Aboriginal Strategies. Alison is also responsible for leading the implementation of Ipperwash Inquiry recommendations, as well as performance measurement and progress reporting. She is currently a member of the Juries Review Implementation Committee resulting from the Iacobucci Report.

Previously, Alison:

  • Held executive positions with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where she was responsible for strategic and program policy on a range of health issues,
  • Was the executive lead for several large legislative initiatives, such as the Local Health System Integration Act, and other provincial health legislation,
  • Was provincial co-chair of the intergovernmental/national Aboriginal “Blueprint on Aboriginal Health — a 10-year Transformative Plan”, delivered to Premiers in Kelowna, B.C., in 2005.
  • Was selected as the 2011/12 Ontario Public Service Visiting Fellow in Residence at the University of Toronto in the School of Public Policy and Governance.

Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, Alison was Director, Department of Pharmacy Services, University Health Network. Alison holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto.

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