Fun facts and interesting insights
Alan is an international speaker, author, and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and reaching new heights in all that we do! His unique philosophy of life revolves around empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on goals and results. By understanding what drives and motivates us, we are able to cultivate more innovative and effective ways of thinking and taking action.
Building experience through a lifestyle of adventure and challenge, in the spring of 2008, Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime and set a world record on Mount Everest along with three members of his immediate family. It was a two-month expedition through some of the most exciting yet terrifying conditions imaginable, and their success demanded unwavering perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity. Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs designed to help individuals, team members, and organizations reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take in order to achieve breakthrough performance.
Alan holds a degree in engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s in psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges we all face. Alan has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager, developing patents and solutions to complex challenges in the mining and metals industries. Living and working abroad has given him the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity, and successfully adapt to different organizational structures.
Alan is a gifted speaker who speaks regularly around North America and beyond. His stories and stage presence are captivating, and the visuals that complement his speaking make the entire experience a rewarding and memorable one for his audience.
Alan specializes in developing great leaders by establishing and reinforcing the professional development skills and mindsets that are essential for success. His true passion is working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our overall health and happiness.
Alan’s engaging presentations and interactive training programs help organizations and individual contributors achieve breakthrough performance. By integrating his many years of innovative leadership experience with captivating mountaineering and adventure stories, Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audiences.
Alan is the author of The Family That Conquered Everest. Richly illustrated with photos from the expedition and other outdoor exploits, the book is a fast-paced and engaging adventure story that also highlights the lifestyle and family values that prepared the Mallory family for success. It explains the thinking and planning that went into making their attempt possible, the logistical nightmares that they had to circumvent, and the strategies that they developed to continue moving forward in spite of the seemingly impassable obstacles and ever-changing environments they were faced with. Their unique journey has mesmerized and inspired families and individuals around the world, and the book brings their journey to life in a whole new way.
The book is much more than an exciting adventure, though. It is also very inspirational from the standpoint of family success and togetherness. Throughout the book, Alan explores and explains the many family adventures and dynamics that enabled the Mallorys to take on such a challenge together. Collaborating and looking out for each other was paramount on the expedition, as was being able to quickly and effectively resolve conflicts that arose. Many teams fell apart and had to give in to defeat if they could simply not get along and function as a single unit. The Mallorys success is a fantastic example of the importance of strong principles and maintaining a deep level of trust between team members.
Alan has also included a short excerpt written by each of his family members when they had a particularly extraordinary or inspiring experience that was best told in their own words. Each member of the team had different thoughts and experiences on the mountain and different points of view, adding unique perspectives to the book.
The underlying messages throughout the book are about personal development and finding the spark within each of us that drives us to do the things we do. By controlling our focus and concentrating on the things we are most passionate about, we are capable of accomplishing great things. It is our own reservations and limiting beliefs about ourselves that hold us back. If we can overcome these self-imposed limitations, there is nothing that we cannot achieve.
Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind’s greatest feats of endurance. The grueling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable.
In 2008, Alan Mallory and his family took on the challenge and became the first family of four to set foot on the summit. It was a two-month journey filled with emotion, loyalty, boldness, and terror, and the experiences the team encountered during the expedition were as incredible as they were terrifying. From staggering across ladders spanning bottomless crevasses and fighting the many altitude-related sicknesses to climbing through a blizzard in the dead of night and two members of the team almost losing their lives forever, every segment of the climb was an exhilarating venture.
Throughout his life, Alan has enjoyed and sought out new and exciting activities whenever he could. Living life to the absolute fullest is what he tries to do, and he encourages everyone he meets and associates with to do the same. Alan is a true explorer and avid adventurer who enjoys many diverse and challenging activities.
Alan is a believer in the impact that participating in adventures as a family has on the development and upbringing of youth. Incorporating outdoor activities into everyday life keeps life interesting and allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of our surroundings. Experiencing the incredible opportunities that nature and adventure provide is one of the secrets to a rich and rewarding life. Alan is very thankful to have been brought up in a close-knit and adventuresome family, and he is doing his best to pass on similar experiences to his own children.
husband and father
In 2010, Alan married his beautiful wife, Natalie, and one week after their honeymoon, they packed their bags and relocated to Santiago, Chile, where they lived for almost two years, working and exploring the many exciting places that Chile has to offer. They then relocated again to Scottsdale, Arizona, where they lived for an additional two years before relocating back to Ontario, Canada, where they now call home. In the summer of 2013, Alan and his wife welcomed the next generation of Mallorys into this world with the birth of their daughter, Aria Mallory; in 2016, they welcomed their son, Oaklan Mallory; and in 2018, they welcomed their daughter Sierra.
Alan and Natalie enjoy running, biking, swimming, hiking, and many other excursions with their daughters and son.
Engineer and project manager
Alan’s undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University. He is licensed to practice in Ontario, Alberta, and Arizona as a professional engineer and has worked in many countries around the world developing innovative solutions and custom machinery. He has a keen interest in inventing new devices and methodologies and has multiple patents in his name for such inventions.
Alan is a member of a number of professional associations in the engineering field, including Professional Engineers Ontario, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.
Most of Alan’s engineering work has been in project management as well as the engineering, design, modelling, and drafting of feed systems and mechanical components for flash furnaces, converters, and electric arcs, with an emphasis on solving complex mechanical problems by developing unique solutions. Alan is an expert in using the specialized software Solid Edge and can efficiently execute custom machine design projects from the conceptual stages through installation and commissioning.
After being involved in the final stages of the SNNC Ferronickel Smelter, Alan worked on the Koniambo DC Furnace project. He was heavily involved in the engineering, design, and modelling of the feed pipes, fluidized bins, and other components of the furnace feed system. Alan was also engaged in performing Caesar II-aided stress analysis calculations and completing stress analysis reports on piping systems for the Bruce Power A restart project. He then worked for a year on-site at Bruce Power as a field engineer, interfacing between the design office and the construction contractors and resolving constructability and design issues.
While living in Santiago, Chile, Alan worked on a number of projects related to the maintenance and upgrading of mechanical equipment for the Andina and Teniente mines, smelters, and refineries. He was also involved in the development, engineering, and design of concentrate burners for flash copper furnaces and in the optimization of various processes and equipment related to copper smelting and conversion.
After Chile, Alan lived and worked in Arizona for two years. One of his most interesting projects in Arizona was a custom industrial mouth cover for emissions reduction in copper conversion. After generating and completing the design and fabrication drawings as the package lead, Alan became the project manager for the construction and prototype testing. The project was a great success and has led to the fabrication of other automated covers.
Alan started playing the violin at a young age and has embraced music for most of his life. He played in an orchestra in his younger years and eventually took a hiatus after breaking both bones in his left wrist in a snowboarding accident. Nowadays, he finds particular enjoyment in playing the electric violin, a talent that he incorporates into some of his speaking programs. Alan uses music to express some of his creativity as well as as a tool for relaxation and stress reduction. If you want to view some of the cover song videos he’s put together, a number of them are on his YouTube channel.