Allyson Simmie grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended NSCAD University, Graduating with a BFA (Jewellery) in 1989. Upon graduation, she worked as a goldsmith in Ottawa, further honing her skills. In 1994, she was offered an opportunity to teach jewellery at Nunavut Arctic College and her adventurous spirit jumped at the chance. By 1997 it was time to start her own business; but before leaving Iqaluit, Allyson created her second solo show, Arctic Landscapes, featuring jewellery and sculpture combining precious metals with stone from Canada's Arctic.
Since then Allyson has participated in three Northern group projects including the Northwest Territories Legislative Mace and the Official Symbols of Nunavut Project. She has provided work for the Offices of the Prime Minister and Governor General of Canada, and has exhibited in numerous shows across Canada and the USA.
In 2016, Allyson was inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Allyson has traveled extensively in Canada's Arctic, giving workshops, establishing jewellery studios, teaching and encouraging others to pursue a career in the arts. In 2000, Allyson moved back to Nova Scotia and began work on Seal Rock Studios. She is currently living with her family on Nova Scotia's scenic south shore, where she continues to work as a professional artist, still exploring and celebrating the theme of the Canadian and Arctic landscapes and sharing her experiences both North and South.