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 7,000 hours to selecting up to 36 Loran Scholars from over 5,000 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 up to $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study, including mentorship and summer experiences.
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.
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
Senior Advisor, RBC Capital Markets
Catherine Graham (Vice Chair)
Co-Founder & CEO of commonsku
Nancy Young (Past Chair)
CEO & Owner, Elizabeth Bradley Design
Brandon Nussey (Treasurer)
Chief Financial Officer, Lightspeed HQ
Mark Angelo (Loran Scholar ’99)
CEO, LMC Healthcare
President & CEO, Montigo / Canadian Heating Products
Marc de La Bruyère
Managing Director, Maclab Development Group
Partner, Torys LLP
Executive Vice-President, Power Corporation of Canada
Vice Chair & Global Managing Partner, Monitor Deloitte
Head of Capital Markets, Laurentian Bank
President & CEO, REDspace
Senior Community Partnerships Manager, Air Canada
President and Vice-Chancellor, York University
Alex Mazer (BMO Loran Scholar ’97)
Founding Partner, Common Wealth
Managing Director & Co-Head of BMO Capital Markets Québec, BMO Capital Markets
President, The Henry White Kinnear Foundation
Vice-President, Portfolio Manager Burgundy Asset Management
Bruce M. Wright
Retired Managing Partner, MLT Aikins LLP
Meghan Moore (W. Garfield Weston Loran Scholar ’98)
Chief Executive Officer, Loran Scholars Foundation
Vali Bennett (Secretary)
Director of Administration, Avana Capital Corporation
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
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
- 2019: annual report & audited financial statements
- 2018: annual report & 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
- 25th Anniversary Prospectus
- 20th Anniversary Prospectus
- Gucciardi, Franca (2004) “Recognizing Excellence? Canada’s Merit Scholarships“
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.
Vice-President, External Relations
Heather co-founded Loran’s Newfoundland selection committee in 1992 and later volunteered in Ottawa. Prior to her current role, she served as Loran’s Director of Programs for more than ten years. 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.
Director of Operations
With a passion for collective impact and systems change, Lily brings to Loran 20 years’ experience in communications and operations in the non-profit sector. Lily previously held leadership positions at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council and the Income Security Advocacy Centre. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and a post-graduate certificate in public relations from Humber College.
Director of Programs
Carolyn brings to Loran more than 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.
Joanne Banh (McCall MacBain Loran Scholar ’15)
Alumni Relations & Development Coordinator
Joanne earned an HBA in Diaspora and Transnational Studies with a minor in Environmental Geography from the University of Toronto, and a joint minor in Asian Geography from the National University of Singapore. She is passionate about arts and culture in diasporic communities, having been involved in youth communities across the Southeast Asian diaspora. She hopes to share the stories of minority communities that support community-building, social impact, youth empowerment, and leadership initiatives.
Daniel grew up in Peterborough, ON, and earned a BSc in Kinesiology from Western University. At Western he was a peer mentor working to empower first-year students as well as other mentors. He is passionate about helping others to maximize their potential. Outside of work Daniel enjoys playing guitar and coaching sports.
Marketing & Communications Officer
Hailing from the East Coast, Katii earned a BA in Creative Industries from Ryerson University, with specializations in media and journalism and a minor in business. A writer and editor with experience in community-building initiatives, she is enthusiastic about youth leadership and the connections between storytelling and social good. Katii previously worked in communications at Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.
Manager, Alumni Relations & Development
Erica is a proud Loran Scholar alumnus originally from Niagara, Ontario. She brings to Loran experience in higher ed as a student affairs and career advising professional. Erica is a graduate of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Outside of work, she enjoys modern quilting and spending time with her dogs.
With 10+ years experience in the arts, social services, and higher education, Loretta is committed to engaging future leaders as they explore ways to effect positive individual- and system-level change. She is drawn to issues concerning equitable access to post-secondary education, building more inclusive communities, and finding comfort in discomfort. Loretta holds a BA in Film Studies and a Diploma in Career & Work Counselling, and keeps a stack of cookbooks on her nightstand.
Bilingual Program Officer
Bella is passionate about languages and social justice. She has worked with young people in the care system and has been a passionate activist about issues such as immigration and accessible education. Bella has a BA in Employment Relations, Equity Studies, and Spanish. In her free time, she loves to learn new dance moves, read a history book, or better her Spanish.
Marketing & Communications Officer
A graduate of York University’s Communication Studies program, Danielle brings a number of marketing skills that she has used to advance educational initiatives in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Valuing society’s newfound connectedness in the digital age, Danielle’s passion for communications and content creation can be witnessed when you catch her dropping books across the Toronto transit as part of her grassroots book sharing initiative, Books on the Transit.
Manager, Selections & External Relations
Emily has spent 10+ years working in the field of youth engagement, from the front lines to senior management. Driven by a commitment to creating safe and supportive spaces for creativity and community to flourish, Emily is relentlessly passionate about supporting youth leadership, global citizenry, and the intersections between art and education. Emily holds an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Guelph.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Champi’s passion lies in human rights advocacy and social service. Her past career of 20 years as a producer and production coordinator in commercial production naturally evolved into the support of non-profits, transitioning into the sector in executive and research assistant roles. She has furthered her education at George Brown College with studies in Assaulted Women and Children’s Advocacy, and is accredited as a Counsellor. In her free time she enjoys travelling, jewelry making, and most of all parenting her son.
Senior Manager, Development
Adam joins Loran with 15 years of experience in the Canadian and American non-profit sectors. Working at the cross-section of arts education and equity, Adam most recently served as the inaugural director of the DOC Institute, a professional development hub for documentary filmmakers in Canada. There is nothing he likes more than collaborating with others to amplify impact. Adam is a graduate of McGill University, where he completed his Anthropology degree with distinction.
Manager, Marketing Communications
Kylie earned a BA in English Literature and Communication and an MA in Art History from Western University. She brings to Loran many years of experience in marketing and strategic communications across publishing, agency, and start-up environments. A modern art, film, and music enthusiast, Kylie is passionate about the arts as media for intercultural dialogue and global community-building.