We believe that the promise of a young person is to be found in character. To find Canada’s next generation of leaders, we must look beyond grades and rankings to find the promise of character.
At the Loran Scholars Foundation, we identify and support young people who have the integrity and courage to make difficult decisions, the perseverance to work towards long-term goals, the curiosity to better understand the world around them and the drive to make positive change in their communities.
Every year, our volunteers dedicate over 5,800 hours to selecting up to 34 Loran Scholars from over 4,400 applicants. Our scholars come from all walks of life and every corner of Canada, from Hazelton, BC to Montréal to Fogo Island, NL.
In partnership with 25 Canadian universities and our donors, we challenge our scholars to explore, develop and share their talents. Each Loran Award is valued at $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study, including mentorship and summer experiences.
By making long-term investments in the future of Loran Scholars, we’re investing in the future of Canada. See the impact our alumni are making on Canada and the world.
We are an independent charitable organization governed by a board of directors, working in partnership with universities, donors and volunteers. In 2017, the Financial Post once again named us a Top Canadian Charity based on evidence of good governance, financial transparency and clear evidence of impact.
LORAN, short for Long-Range Aid to Navigation, is a system that uses three points (for us, our values of character, service and leadership) to determine one’s course for a long journey. The name emphasizes the lifelong impact and values of being a Loran Scholar.
Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation was the first national organization in Canada to grant undergraduate awards based on a mix of academic achievement, extracurricular activity and leadership potential.
Our founders responded to what they recognized as a gap in the Canadian system of merit-based financial assistance to university students. Such assistance tended to be directed to two groups － those with exceptionally high academic averages, via university scholarship programs, and those with exceptional abilities as athletes, via national teams programs. Only a small proportion of overall financial aid was directed at those who show promise of the leadership and other talents that will make their communities better places both during and after their university careers.
In the words of our founder Dr. Robert Cluett, at the heart of our work is the belief that “breadth, openness to challenge, and willingness to take risk are many times more important than any quantitative measure of promise.” It is a belief that we still hold quite strongly today.
Before 2007, Loran Awards were known as Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation National Awards. We changed the name to emphasize the long-term impact of our work and the three pillars of character, service and leadership.
Board of Directors
Nancy Young (Chair)
CEO & Owner, Elizabeth Bradley Design
R. Jamie Anderson (Vice Chair)
Senior Advisor, RBC Capital Markets
Patrick Cronin (Past Chair)
CEO and Group Head, BMO Capital Markets
Brandon Nussey (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer, Lightspeed POS
Senior Vice-President, Burgundy Asset Management
President & CEO, Montigo / Canadian Heating Products
Executive Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial Corporation
President, Arts & Communications (A&C)
Group Head, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, Canada, CIBC
Chair, Ralph M. Barford Foundation
Alex Mazer (BMO Loran Scholar ’97)
Founding Partner, Common Wealth
Executive Vice President, Customer Care & Corporate Affairs, Hydro One
President and COO, Shannex Inc.
Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont.
Former President & Vice-Chancellor, York University
President & Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph
Meghan Moore (W. Garfield Loran Scholar ’98)
Chief Executive Officer, Loran Scholars Foundation
Chief Operations Officer, Loran Scholars Foundation
Vali Bennett (Secretary)
Director of Administration, Avana Capital Corporation
Cornell C.V. Wright (Special Advisor)
Partner, Torys LLP
Founder & President, Freycinet Investments
Alan Broadbent, C.M.
Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corporation
Founder, Loran Scholars Foundation
David Crombie, P.C., O.C.
Former Mayor of Toronto and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute
Chair, Friesens Corporation
J. Douglas Grant
Founder, Sceptre Investment Counsel
Rod MacLennan, C.M.
Owner, Tribune Holdings Ltd.
John H. Phillips
CEO, Klister Credit Corp.
Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
President, The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
Purdy Crawford (1931-2014)
Counsel, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Grant L. Reuber, O.C. (1927-2018)
Former Chairman, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation
Annual Reports & Publications
Annual reports and audited financial statements
- 2017: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2016: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2015: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2014: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2013: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2012: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2011: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2010: annual report & audited financial statements
- 25th Anniversary Prospectus
- 20th Anniversary Prospectus
- Gucciardi, Franca (2004) “Recognizing Excellence? Canada’s Merit Scholarships“
Our small staff of ten employees works with a national network of volunteers, donors and university partners to discover and support Loran Scholars.
Meghan Moore (W. Garfield Weston Loran Scholar ’98)
Chief Executive Officer
Meghan possesses over a decade of strategic management experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Her undergraduate studies focused on music cognition and she received a bachelor of science and a bachelor of music education from the University of Toronto. She later went on to earn an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Most recently she was the VP of Business Development at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Before joining its staff in 2014 as Director, Business Operations & Development, Catherine volunteered with the Loran Scholars Foundation for over 25 years. She is also principal of Elements Event Management, specializing in large-scale event logistics and operations. In the past 10 years, Catherine owned and operated a variety of companies in the entertainment industry. She is the chair of the board for College Montrose Children’s Place.
Heather co-founded Loran’s Newfoundland selection committee in 1992 and later served as a volunteer in Ottawa. She became the Director of Programs & Operations in 2008. Heather has also worked as a guidance counsellor in Ottawa and special education teacher in New York City. She has a BA and BEd from Memorial University as well as an MEd from the University of Sydney as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.
Carolyn brings to Loran 10 years of experience in the educational and non-profit sectors, both in Canada and in the United States. She is passionate about issues of community development, civic engagement, food security, environmental education, and youth leadership development. She holds an HBA in history from McGill University.
John earned a BA and MA from McMaster University and a BEd from York University. John brings many years of experience in event management and fundraising to Loran, having worked at three Olympic Games as well as in the foundation of a hospital. A former teacher, John is excited to return to his first passion, education.
Yamie brings to the Foundation many years of experience in community outreach. She has studied, volunteered and worked in different cities in Canada and South America. She holds a B.A. in communication from Université du Québec à Montréal and a M.A. in immigration studies from Ryerson University. Her research project focused on the academic experience of newcomer youth in Canadian high schools.
Tanya is a poet, arts educator and non-profit enthusiast who was the first Queen’s University graduate to earn degrees in both Geological Environmental Engineering and International Development Studies. Before joining the Foundation, Tanya worked in fundraising at LGBT Youth Line, while leading workshops in spoken word across the province.
Katii earned a BA in Creative Industries from Ryerson University, with specializations in media and journalism and a minor in business. With experience in community-building initiatives and events, she is enthusiastic about youth leadership and the connections between storytelling and social good. Katii worked in communications for an environmental film festival prior to joining Loran.
Serisha is a recent graduate from McGill University where she obtained her BA in Political Science and World Religions. While at McGill, Serisha held several executive positions in student organizations including serving as Co-President of McGill Women in Leadership. Before joining the Foundation, Serisha worked in both the non-profit sector and the startup world.