Allen has spent most of his career as a journalist, working locally, nationally and internationally, winning the provincial 2014 Jack Webster City Mike award for reporting excellence.
He’s probably best known in the city for a Vancouver Courier civic column which ran for 19 years, and has also been a CKNW talk-show host, CBC labour reporter and legislative columnist for the Province newspaper. In 1985 he published the biographical book Tough Guy: Bill Bennett and the Taking of British Columbia. He has been involved with board work for the past 20 years. He was on the board of Vancouver Resource Society, providing housing and support to people with disabilities for five years, including three as President. Allen served on the board of Vancity Credit Union for six years during which time he chaired the Governance, Nominations and Election, and Human Resources committees. He also served on the board of Citizens Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the credit union.Allen earned his board director’s ICD.D designation in a program offered by the National Institute of Corporate Directors through Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.