Alistair Jackson

Alistair Jackson

Vice President of Development

Alistair came to Canada, from Scotland, at age 10. After high school, he attended Bible school and became a missionary in France, thereby realizing an unfulfilled dream of his grandmother. Living in France yielded a deep interest in worldview and linguistics, and eventually a passion for teaching French in Canada, then graduate studies in servant leadership for the Christian education context.

After 20 years in education, Alistair moved to a business career, selling electronic health records software, primarily in the U.S.A. During that 15-year period, he developed considerable expertise in U.S. health care reform, and co-authored a book on the topic, for eye doctors. As sales, marketing and business development gave way to business consulting, Alistair eventually founded a writing business. It was this business – in fact, a blog post about missions and worldview – that brought Alistair in contact with CanIL. Having, in addition, a passion for road cycling, and experience in the charitable sector with CanadaHelps, Alistair’s interest in serving as CanIL’s ride organizer and Vice President of Development was a natural fit. Alistair’s ongoing work with CanadaHelps, which helps over 17,000 charities across Canada, makes him uniquely positioned to give the most up-to-date support for the charitable giving opportunities at CanIL.

Interesting Facts

Alistair married Ruth in 1984.

Ruth works in special education, in the Abbotsford School District, and is also a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor.

Alistair and Ruth have two sons, Alexander and Andrew. Alexander is married to Alison. The entire family is involved in cycling in a serious way. (Go ahead, ask how!)

Alistair’s very first teaching job was at Trinity Western University, in 1983, when he taught French Conversation.

Alistair and Ruth currently attend Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church, at Grace Church, in Abbotsford. Alistair sings in the Taize music ensemble at Saint Matthew’s.


1993. Master of Education, (Leadership & Administration), University of Victoria

1983. Bachelor of Education (French Linguistics), Simon Fraser University

1980. International Teams School of Bible & World Missions, Illinois

1976. California Center for Biblical Studies

Relevant Experience

2016-present. Charity Engagement, CanadaHelps

2013-2016. Consulting & Writing

2001-2013. Sales, Marketing & Business Development

1993-1997. School Leadership

1982-2000. Teaching

1980-1982. Missions, International Teams, Grenoble, France


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