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Alison Loat

Co-founder and executive director, Samara

Alison is the co-founder and executive director of Samara, a charitable organization whose programs work to strengthen the Canadian democracy, and an instructor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

Previously, Alison worked at McKinsey & Company and was the founder and the first executive director of Canada25, a non-partisan organization that involved Canadians in the development of public policy. For her public service work, Alison was chosen as one of Canada’s Top 25 under 30 by Macleans magazine and received the Public Policy Forum’s Youth Leaders Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal for her service to Canada. She lives in Toronto.