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Reflections from Loran Donors

John and Marcy McCall MacBain, McCall MacBain Foundation

“We need strong, dedicated, and creative leadership to achieve positive outcomes. As Loran Scholars, young Canadians have the opportunity to learn, take meaningful risks, and determine how they can best contribute to society. By looking at their character, willingness to learn from failure, and genuine aspirations, Loran is able to discover young people with tremendous potential for a life of leadership and service.”

Naomi Gichungu, The Northpine Foundation

“The Loran Scholars Foundation is a remarkable opportunity for young impact leaders who are committed to making a difference in their communities, and an initiative that mirrors our vision at the Northpine Foundation. Like Loran, we invest in future paths of high impact and understand the exponential power of a strong, supportive network that collaborates to tackle societal challenges at scale. We hope our investment will support these exceptional individuals as they continue their collective efforts and spark transformative change in our shared vision of a better world.“

Rod & Robin MacLennan

“As some of Loran’s founding selections interviewers, we’ve been delighted to see so many exceptional young people from the East Coast apply for the Loran Award, be identified and nurtured, and ultimately commit to reinvesting their talents back into our community. We have donated to Loran for over 25 years because we’ve seen first-hand the real-world impact that Loran Scholars go on to make. It really pays off in the long term.”

Sabrina Akmal, BMO Capital Markets

“With Loran, we share organizational commitments to ensuring our communities are strengthened through a diversity of voices, experiences, and perspectives. Our partnership gets stronger, year after year, due to the commitment of both organizations to support and better young people’s lives.”

Susan Scace 

“The Loran Scholars Foundation is crucial for Canada. It allows our best students to study here in Canada during their undergraduate years while providing them with the opportunities they need to grow and develop as leaders.”

Naomi Azrieli, OC, The Azrieli Foundation

“Canada needs Loran—and if the Azrieli Foundation can make an impact by supporting these students in partnership with Loran, we’re very proud to play that role. We consider education to be the most important factor in empowering not only individuals but whole communities; it’s how we move forward as a unified society. Loran’s focus on finding and strengthening leaders of character means that an investment in Loran is an investment in potential, not only in young people but in our country and our global society.”

Jean and Sylvie Chagnon, Lallemand

“Philanthropy is not a choice, it is a duty. We firmly believe that education is the key to a better future, and it is for this reason that we support the Loran Scholars Foundation.”

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