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 5,500 hours to selecting up to 32 Loran Scholars from over 4,000 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. Recently, the Financial Post named us a Top 25 Canadian Charity (#1 in Education) 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)
Former Deputy Chairman (Retired), Capital Markets, RBC
Brandon Nussey (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer, D2L
Patrick Cronin (Past Chair)
CEO and Group Head, BMO Capital Markets
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
COO & Interim CEO, Loran Scholars Foundation
Vali Bennett (Secretary)
Director of Administration, Avana Capital Corporation
Cornell C.V. Wright (Special Advisor)
Partner, Torys LLP
Annual Reports & Publications
Annual reports and audited financial statements
- 2017: 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“
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.
A graduate of drama and film studies at Queen’s University, Anja is involved with independent theatre in Toronto and previously worked as assistant director to Albert Schultz, who was her Loran mentor, at Soulpepper Theatre. While studying at Queen’s, Anja was a programming director for a community youth arts organization and founded her own theatre company.
Before joining the Loran Scholars Foundation as Program Officer, Cameron completed a BSocSc in political science and psychology at the University of Ottawa, including a semester spent abroad at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He worked as a Community Advisor in residence and organized the university’s Model Parliament.
Joana has a BSc from Morningside College, where she was president of the International Student Association, and an MBA from Carleton University. She brings to her role several years of experience in marketing at a private company in Toronto. She has lived in numerous countries including Tunisia, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and the U.S.
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.
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.