Alasdair has worked and been involved in the field of conflict mitigation, mediation, negotiation, workplace communication and leadership training for well over 35 years.
Alasdair served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta for over 20 years.
While in the RCMP, Alasdair was trained in interest based negotiations and dealt daily with individuals in high crisis and high conflict situations.
He served for over 5 years on a First Nations Reserve and spent 4 years on a RCMP Public Relations unit.
Alasdair also worked for 10 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB), working in environmental compliance in the agricultural sector in the Central Alberta area.
Alasdair completed his B.A. at Mount Allison University and is currently completing his M.Ed. in Adult Learning with Yorkville University.
Alasdair completed his Certificate in Conflict Management in both Mediation and Negotiation and his Certificate of Arbitration with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA).
He completed his Certificate in Environmental Management with the University of Calgary.
Alasdair is the past Chair of the Alberta Family Mediation Society and past member of the ADRIA Board of Directors.
He is a nationally recognized Chartered Mediator and a nationally recognized Registered Family Mediator through Family Mediation Canada.
He also holds the national designation of Qualified Arbitrator (Q. Arb.) through the ADR Institute of Canada.
Since founding MacKinnon Communications Group in 2006, Alasdair has completed well over 1,000 mediations ranging from divorce and family issues, workplace conflicts, family farm matters and succession planning issues.
Alasdair facilitates a variety of custom made training workshops and programs for corporate, government and non profit groups pertaining to communication, leadership, mentoring and conflict mitigation, .
Alasdair routinely presents at professional and industry conferences on engaging topics pertaining to the art and science of communication and leadership.