Alan Young began his travel and hotel technology focused career 25 years ago in operations at the Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto. As his passion for the technology aspect of the hospitality industry intensified, he transitioned from operations into the technology side of the business.
Today, Alan is Co-Founder of Puzzle Partner Ltd., a strategic and tactical marketing and public relations firm that specializes in helping travel and hotel technology innovators achieve winning performance and dramatic growth. Previously, Alan has held key executive positions with Newtrade Technologies (Expedia), Hotel Information Systems (Softbrands), Hotel Booking Solutions and Infor, the worlds third largest ERP software company.
Alan is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Open Travel Alliance, a global hospitality/travel industry technology standards association. He is a sought after guest speaker that has been invited to present at World Travel Mart, ITB, HITEC, HEDNA, The HOT Conference and a number of other industry events.
Finally, Alan sits on the Advisory Boards of the following companies: Umapped, Groupize Solutions, DataArt, !exa, iVeew and EventGrid.
With more than 700 students from over 50 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the onlyco-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.