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Contact Information

  • Email: allisonmacalister@gmail.com
  • Website: allisonmacalister.com


Creative, professional and enthusiastic artist & designer with an excellent grasp of sales, marketing & business strategies. Proven problem-solving skills, achievement-driven and an accomplished self-starter. Committed to her work and her passion.


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

  • Diploma in Print Media 2005
  • Studied Adobe Creative Suite software, colour & design theory, offset printing.
  • Diploma in Small & Medium Enterprise Management 2007
  • Studied small business accounting, marketing, sales & entrepreneurship.

Work Experience & Clients


  • 2008-Present
  • Providing services to a wide variety of clientele, small and large
  • Illustration, graphic design, desktop publishing & layout services
  • Periodic consulting to local Ottawa businesses
  • Expanding to a small product line in 2015


  • 2009-Present (many clientele)
  • Creating custom pet portraits for wide variety of pet owners
  • Pet art services including logo design, branding kits and web design.
  • Opened small online gift shop in 2014 featuring products for pet lovers including sticker sheets, acrylic charms and greeting cards

Montecristo Travels

  • Book Illustrator & Layout Artist – 2013-Present (recurring client)
  • Provided over 24 illustrations for first children’s travel book in a series
  • Created a consistent look & feel across illustrations
  • Focus on character consistency and accuracy of architecture
  • Designed layout with text & images to provide comfortable reading flow for children and parents

Global Pet Foods Kanata & Hintonburg

  • Sales Associate & Events/Marketing Manager – 2011-2013 (employer)
  • Provided day-to-day service to customers, providing in-depth information and consultation for pet nutrition at the Hintonburg location
  • Designed signage & painted windows seasonally for both locations
  • Maintained social media for Hintonburg and Kanata locations (Facebook, Twitter, blog)
  • Planned, organized and lead various fundraising & Hintonburg community events, including Puppy Parties, Photos With Santa, numerous rescue fundraisers and Hintonburg Dog Movie Night

Natureserve Canada

  • Layout Artist & Desktop Publishing consultant – 2008-2009 (client)
  • Worked with Executive Director & Research Associate
  • Developed layout & publishing documents for national report on butterflies in Canada


  • Layout Artist & Desktop Publishing consultant 2008-2009 (client)
  • Worked with Executive Director & Communications Director on French edition of environmental report on Gatineau Park
  • Layout work for promotional materials (postcards & brochures)

Skills & Software


Design and sketch drawings for wide variety of uses: wall artwork, publications, buttons, stickers, keychains & more.



  • Focus on desktop publishing & layout design
  • Experience in logo design, particularly in pet industry
  • Intermediate web design knowledge: experience with HTML/CSS and WordPress CMS
  • Strong knowledge of colour theory, design principles and layout techniques

Sales & Administrative



Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe InDesign CS6, Paint Tool SAI
Microsoft Office 365, OpenOffice 4.0


Adobe Illustrator CS6, Manga Studio 5 EX, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
Trello Project Management