Roach, Hon. Allen F.
Allen Roach was first elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island on October 3, 2011 in District 3, Montague-Kilmuir. On October 18, 2011, Premier Robert Ghiz named him Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning.
In February 2015, he also served as the Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development before being sworn in as the Minister of Finance in May 2015. Minister Roach is also responsible for the Public Service Commission, Information Technology Shared Services, the PEI Liquor Control Commission, and is chair of the PEI Lotteries Corp. and Treasury Board.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Mr. Roach was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1971 to 2007. Upon retirement from the RCMP, he was the owner of a private business in the marine sector.
He has extensive experience in all aspects of federal policing services nationally and internationally as well as experience in contract policing services.
Mr. Roach has spent many years as a volunteer in several communities across Canada. He was a dedicated minor hockey coach in Ontario from 1974 to 1990 and in Prince Edward Island from 1990 to 1996. He volunteered as a Big Brother for four years in Ontario, served as president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters Greg/Bruce during 1981-82, and served on the board of directors in Prince Edward Island during 1995-96. He also served as vice chair of the Montague Waterfront Development Corporation from 2008 to 2010, and was a long-time volunteer as a safe boating instructor with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. He served as Squadron Commander for Prince Edward Island and executive officer for Atlantic Canada.
Mr. Roach is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities and Canada as a whole.
He lives in Brudenell with his wife Elizabeth. They have two grown children, Alaina and Gregory, and one grandson, Emerson.