My Mission

Help you plan to get outdoors for the rest of your life without having to worry how to afford it.

Though I've definitely benefited from many unearned privileges in my life, especially around money, for a lot of my life I lived as though the money was in control. I made my decisions based on what I though the money I had would let me do.

I’ve lived in Banff since 2006 and managed to enjoy many days on the river, slopes and trail with my life partner and 12 year old. I, like many here, live in a mountain town because I love the community, and the lifestyle it offers. Mountain towns are not easy places to live financially however, and for many years how to 'make it all work', was a major factor in how we lived our lives.

As someone who’s always been kinda interested in finances and how they work, learning about the overlap between money, emotions, goals and values helped me realize that being intentional with my money, aligning it to my values, and telling the money we have what it's going to do for us, is what makes the finances to live here work. It's about how and why we make decisions.

I started Outdoor Life Planning to help mountain people like you learn the frameworks to make decisions that help support an outdoor lifestyle, assuming it's really what you want. I can help structure your life to live an outdoor lifestyle while removing the money worry because you know there’s a plan to be able to afford life going forward. There’s no right or wrong way to structure your life or your money. It's time to use your money to support the life you want to live.

As a QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and someone who enjoys teaching others. I’d love to help you figure out what works best for you, no matter how much money you (don’t) have. I can help you learn what you need to know to have clarity and confidence in your financial life, and help you make decisions based on the life you actually want to live, rather than the one society tells you you should. Having a plan for living your best financial life helps to reduce the money worry, so you can instead worry about the best way to enjoy the outdoors today.

A Note About Inclusion

I recognize that like all communities, people living in mountain resort communities come from incredibly diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences. I know that I am not the right fit for every single person. It is important for me to name that this business wholeheartedly stands against white supremacy, cis-hetro-normative supremacy, and all forms of oppression.

Capitalism is bad for all humans, but the harm is compounded by each axis of oppression. My liberation as a person is inherently and irrevocably linked to the liberation of people of all races, abilities, sizes, genders, sexual orientations, health statuses, nationalities, class backgrounds, and more.

I work to to help people live the best life they can within the current system while working and hoping for systemic change.

I always welcome feedback about how I can better serve my clients and community, and live into my value of dismantling oppression in all its forms.

How I Price

Outdoor Life Planning uses a pay what you can model and a sliding scale based on income. This helps make money/financial advice available to everyone and means that those who are able to pay more subsidize those that can’t so that everyone is able to plan how to get outdoors for the rest of their lives, without the money stress.

If you’d like to learn more about why I price this way, you can check out this post.

Living and working in Treaty 7: territory of the Stoney-Nakoda, the Tsuut’ina, the Blackfoot Confederacy, and historically used by the Ktunaxa Nation, currently known as Banff. | 403.760.3539 | Allan@OutdoorLifePlanning.ca