After completing his studies at Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, Allan Culham traveled to Botswana to work as a planning officer for the country’s government. The placement lasted seven years and shaped the arc of Allan’s career.
“The seven years that I spent in Botswana were an absolute gift,” Allan says “I would not have had such a wonderful and successful career without the lessons, the values and the ethics that I learned during my time in there.”
Allan has had a varied and distinguished career with the Government of Canada. He served as Canadian ambassador in Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela and the Organization of American States. At home, Allan has worked in Global Affairs Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Through his years of travel and experience, there will always be a special place in Allan’s heart for Botswana. He returned to visit in 1986 and again in February 2015. In the time since his placement, Allan could see the results of planning efforts made in the 1970s. Whether it be rural clinics, water systems or community schools, the impact of Allan’s contribution is clearly manifested by the country’s infrastructure.