Alan Markwart

Chief Operating Officer

Alan Markwart joined the Representative’s office in October 2015 after more than 40 years in justice and children’s services. Alan retired from MCFD in 2013 as Assistant Deputy Minister.

Alan has extensive experience as a field practitioner, policy director, operational director and executive leader. He was appointed as an Assistant Deputy Minister with MCFD in 2001 with responsibility for youth justice and forensic psychiatric services, children’s mental health services and youth services in the province. He later assumed additional responsibility for services for children with special needs as well as child care and early childhood development services. 

Alan is recognized as a provincial and national expert and leader in youth justice who has helped to shape the evolution of youth justice legislation, programs and services for the past 30 years. He has also authored and co-authored numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals, which led to his appointment as an adjunct professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Alan has received several honours over the course of his career, including: the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence from RCY, a BC Community Achievement Award, a Premier’s Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Since his retirement from MCFD, he has stayed active with consulting work, the BC Review Board and volunteer work on boards and advisory committees.

Alan adopted and raised two young children in care who were afflicted with FASD. They are now young adults and doing well. Alan loves travelling, movies, reading, and working out at the gym and works from the Victoria office.