A native of Delhi, Ontario, Alan Willaert’s musical career started as a classically-trained accordionist, winning the Canadian Open twice. After joining AFM in 1969, he played cordovox and woodwinds with various dance and swing bands throughout high school. Graduation brought “the road,” and what was to be 18 years of show and rock bands, with stints on keys, sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet,lead guitar and vocals. The most notable was the band Charade, which toured throughout Canada, the United States and the Bahamas.
Becoming interested in AFM internal functions, Alan was elected to the board of Local 467 in the 1980s. In 1990 he was asked to interview, and subsequently hired, for the position of International Representative by former Vice President from Canada, the late J. Alan Wood. Then, in 2007 he was appointed to the position of Electronic Media and Intellectual Property Supervisor; and in 2011 was appointed to Executive Director for Canada. Alan held the position of Executive Director for Canada until being appointed by the International Executive Board, in March 2012, as Vice President from Canada.