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mission The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, founded in 1988, is a national charity that works in partnership with Canadian universities, donors and volunteers throughout the country to invest in young Canadians who demonstrate character, commitment to service and leadership potential. The foundation is governed by an independent board of directors.

MISSION STATEMENT We are committed to the greatest of Canada’s natural resources: our youth. We work to identify and support talented students who show promise of leadership and a strong commitment to service in the community. We fund these citizens to study on Canadian campuses, to the benefit of their future and ours.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from CEO & Chair


Scholar Gatherings




Orientation Expedition


Selection Process




2011 Scholars




University Partnership


Financial Information




Board & Staff


Summer Program





UNCONVENTIONAL SELECTION PROCESS We look for qualities in our scholars that a transcript alone cannot show: personal integrity and character; commitment to service and an entrepreneurial spirit; breadth in academic and extra-curricular interests; strongly developed inner-directedness; and outstanding overall potential for leadership. Through a series of assessment and personal interviews, we select the top 30 of approximately 3,500 applicants as Loran scholars. We also grant 80 one-time entrance awards.

LONG-TERM INVESTMENT IN POTENTIAL We provide Loran scholars with a renewable award comprising an $8,000 living stipend matched by a tuition waiver from one of our 24 partner universities. We encourage scholars to resist the temptation to take easy or conventional paths and to seek out, instead, how they can most effectively contribute to society. To this end, we provide $7,500 in funding for three kinds of scholar-initiated summer internships (private sector, public policy and personal/community development). We also pair scholars with mentors who will challenge them and introduce them to their new community. We expect scholars to use these opportunities to broaden and enrich their academic studies.

EXTENSIVE NETWORK We welcome Loran scholars into an extended family of volunteers, donors, staff, and past and present scholars. The incoming class of Loran scholars spend five days together in Algonquin Park as part of their orientation expedition before they begin university. All scholars are invited to our annual four-day national scholars’ retreat and our past scholars organize their own Connexion weekend every two years. We know the value of these relationships and take care to nurture them.




LETTER FROM CEO & CHAIR Over the past five years, we have maintained the size of our national awards program at 30 Loran scholars per year. We have expanded the range of opportunities available to scholars and grown the network of Canadians involved in our work. In particular, we have refined our enrichment programs in order to foster an accelerated and fuller realization of the potential of each Loran scholar.

Franca Gucciardi (Loran ‘90) Executive Director & CEO

Peter George, C.M., O.Ont Chair

The summer program, which remains focused on maximizing the value of the time between academic terms, is proving to be very effective. With the help of our donors and volunteers, scholars have initiated internships at new and established businesses or started their own businesses; they have worked at leading public policy organizations, non-profit organizations and federal, provincial and municipal governments; and they have sought out a variety of personal and community development opportunities throughout Canada and the wider world. We recruited another group of 30 outstanding Canadians as mentors for Loran scholars, for a total of 222 people who have participated in our mentoring program. Our current group of mentors includes CEOs of businesses and non-profits, public sector executives, artists, members of the Order of Canada, entrepreneurs, academics and professionals in a wide variety of other fields. They exemplify our values of character, service and leadership and are wonderful role models for our scholars.




The five-day orientation expedition, funded by a multi-year gift totaling $500,000 from Nancy and Bob Young, is helping to build strong relationships among the members of the incoming class of scholars. Feedback from the scholars who have participated has been consistently positive. Attendance at the scholars’ retreat is increasing year-over-year, with 76 scholars attending the retreat in summer 2010, due largely to the introduction of the orientation expedition. Our nationwide network of volunteers continues to be one of our organization’s most important assets. We rely on the keen insight, knowledge and judgment of our volunteers in order to select students of outstanding character who demonstrate significant potential for leadership. Based on the quality and volume of applications we have received, we will be adding additional regional selection committees in Vancouver, Hamilton and Ottawa in the next two years. Thank you to the 430 assessors, interviewers, mentors, speakers, internship hosts, directors and other volunteers who provided more than 8,000 hours of volunteer service over the course of the year. Our program would be a shadow of itself without your contributions. It is thanks to our donors that we have been able to grow and improve our program over the years. After 15 years of underwriting W. Garfield Weston Loran Awards for young Canadians, our principal supporter, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, has decided to wind down its support over the next four years. We are thankful for their cumulative investment in young Canadians and we look forward to continuing to work with them to invest in college students through the W. Garfield Weston Awards program. Looking ahead over the next few years, we have a significant fundraising challenge ahead of us. We are heartened that several of our longtime and more recent donors have decided to increase their financial contribution. With their continued and growing support, and especially that of our alumni, we expect to be able to grant 30 Loran Awards for the foreseeable future. Having granted more than $20 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students over our first two decades, we are optimistic that we will do even better over the next two decades. Warm regards, Franca & Peter




R ESULTS SO FAR We invest in young Canadians during their undergraduate studies in order to provide them with opportunities to maximize their potential and their contributions to Canada over their lifetimes. Taking a long-term view, we support students in a wide variety of undergraduate programs who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential. The track-record of our scholars is excellent. Ninety-three per cent graduate in good standing, not just academically but in terms of their leadership and service on- and off-campus. More than 80% pursue graduate studies, many as tenants of major scholarships. Notably, 13 Loran scholars have been selected as Rhodes scholars and others have received Chevening, Trudeau, Vanier, Baxter, Fulbright, NSERC and SSHRC scholarships for graduate studies.

% of scholars who meet or exceed our expectations in 93% terms of academics, leadership and service % of alumni who feel a sense of commitment and loyalty to CMSF


% of alumni who intend to support the Loran Awards 98% financially % of alumni who intend to

97% We are quite encouraged by the careers volunteer for CMSF of our alumni. Although more than half % of alumni who have already of past Loran scholars are under the age 66% made a donation to CMSF of 30, they are taking on leadership responsibilities beyond their years. They include the CEO of IRPP, the executive directors of local and national charities, entrepreneurs in real estate, health, theatre, dance, biomedical devices, financial services and photography, the CEO of Redknee, a half dozen clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada, the director of the clinical teaching unit at McGill University Health Centre and the CFO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Our alumni are also working for leading organizations in diverse fields, including federal, provincial and municipal governments, the Bank of Canada, the World Bank, the Canada Pension Plan, RIM, Google, Apple, Microsoft and various hospitals, law firms, school boards, management consulting firms and universities. Our alumni are active as volunteers, serving on the boards of local charities such as the Ten Oaks Project in Ottawa, shelters for the homeless in Fredericton and Camp Triumph in PEI. They are also volunteering with larger institutions such the United Way of Winnipeg and Girl Guides of Canada and are active internationally, providing water treatment in Cambodia, promoting reconciliation in BosniaHerzegovina and participating in international climate change negotiations.




PROFILE: GRAHA M F O X In April 2011, Graham Fox (Loran scholar ‘93) became the youngest person ever

selected as President & CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montréal, one of Canada’s leading public policy think tanks. Previously, he served as strategic policy advisor with Fraser Milner Casgrain in Ottawa, where he brought a broad range of experience in politics and public policy to bear on the issues facing his clients. Earlier in his career, he was vice-president at the Public Policy Forum, where he worked towards improving the quality of government in Canada through open dialogue on democracy, prosperity and sovereignty.

The field of politics and public policy is full of opportunity for a young person who has drive and initiative. The support and encouragement I have received as a Loran scholar over the years has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and gain valuable experience to perform at a high level. Graham Fox

A graduate of Queen’s University, Graham earned an MSc from the London School of Economics. Quite active in politics, he served as chief of staff to the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark for two years and, more recently, campaigned during the 2007 provincial election as a candidate for the riding of Ottawa-Orléans. For Graham, the link between his formative years as a Loran scholar and his involvement in politics is clear: “The values most dear to the Loran Awards - leadership, character and service - are exactly what politics, at its best, should be about. That is the lesson I draw and what motivates my involvement today.” Outside of work, Graham is very active in his community. Graham serves on the board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and was a member of the board of Monfort Hospital in Ottawa. As president of the Festival franco-ontarien, he led a fundraising campaign that greatly improved the festival’s financial strength; he is now past president. He has interviewed and chaired both regional and national selection committees for the Loran Awards. Graham is committed to the continuing success of the Loran Awards and his fellow scholars. In addition to being a donor, he has served as a mentor and created summer internship opportunities for scholars.




exceptional overall promise T H E SELECTION PROCESS We believe that a young person’s character is a better indicator of overall potential

than standard academic measures are. As a result, our rigorous and thorough selection process involves personal interviews with a talented and diverse group of volunteers. We send our application materials to more than 4,000 high schools and CEGEPs in Canada, and we encourage each school to select and nominate the candidates who best match our selection criteria. The nomination process reinforces our core values in the schools: this year, 1,851 young Canadians were recognized by their schools for their character, commitment to service and leadership potential. An additional 1,614 students applied directly.

# of applicants


3-year average



% of applicants who 53% are sponsored


est. volunteer hours 6,000 for selection process


We have established 27 regional committees and one national direct pool committee in 21 cities across Canada. More than 250 volunteers, drawn from business, education and the wider community, are involved as assessors or interviewers. This year, our regional committees selected 340 semi-finalists for personal interviews from an original pool of 3,465 applicants. In February, the top 74 candidates attended our national selection weekend in Toronto, where our six national committees and two national co-chairs selected our 30 newest Loran scholars. We also granted 39 finalist awards ($3,000 ea.), 34 provincial awards ($2,000 ea.) and recognized students with honour citations (52) and semi-finalist certificates (152). Loran scholar group photo on facing page: back row (l to r): Jiawen Zhou, Ariel Charney, Allie Carew, Madeleine Pawlowski, Ana Boskovic, Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, Laura Thorne, Armin Rezaiean-Asel, Hans Krause, Carly Welham, Rishita Apsani, Sarah Burns, Devon Jackson, Christina Klassen, Sivakami Mylvaganam, Mairead Ferguson, Cameron Revington; front row (l to r): Madeleine Brown, Benjamin Carr, Tushar Dhoot, Alexander Verge, Fiona Emdin, Shannon King, Aaron Bailey, Samuel Gregory, Benjamin Copeland, Julianna Tan, Kimia Sorouri, David D’Arienzo, Cherie Chen. Photo by Edge Imaging.




C L A SS OF 2011 For the past 14 years, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has funded 15 new W. Garfield Weston Loran scholars annually.

W. Garfield Weston Loran scholars

Samuel Gregory

Rishita Apsani

Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School, Calgary, AB

Brampton Centennial Secondary School, Brampton, ON

Devon Jackson

Aaron Bailey

Fenelon Falls Secondary School, Fenelon Falls, ON

Saint Michael Catholic High School, Niagara Falls, ON

Hans Krause

Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly

Parry Sound High School, McKellar, ON

Collège François-Xavier-Garneau, Québec, QC

Sivakami Mylvaganam

Benjamin Carr

Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON

Citadel High School, Halifax, NS

Cameron Revington

Cherie Chen

John Diefenbaker Secondary School, Hanover, ON

Sir Winston Churchill SS, Vancouver, BC

Armin Rezaiean-Asel

Tushar Dhoot

Dr Charles Best Secondary School, Coquitlam, BC

Sugarloaf Senior High School, Campbellton, NB

Alexander Verge

Fiona Emdin

Charles P Allen High School, Bedford, NS

Nicholson Catholic Collegiate, Belleville, ON

Carly Welham Charles P Allen High School, Gimli, MB

Ana Boskovic, Michael Young Foundation Loran scholar

Shannon King, Loran scholar

Port Moody Secondary School, Port Moody, BC

Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Ottawa, ON

Madeleine Brown, BMO Loran scholar

Christina Klassen, Belzberg Loran scholar

Adam Scott C&VI, Peterborough, ON

Kelowna Christian High School, Kelowna, BC

Sarah Burns, Ralph M. Barford Loran scholar

Madeleine Pawlowski, John Lindsay Morehead Loran scholar

Bill Crothers Secondary School, Unionville, ON

Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville, St. Albert, AB

Allie Carew, Loran scholar

Kimia Sorouri, Young Fund Loran scholar

Corner Brook Regional HS, Corner Brook, NL

Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga, ON

Ariel Charney, BMO Capital Markets Loran scholar

Julianna Tan, BMO Capital Markets Loran scholar

Dawson College, Montréal, QC

Biggar Central School 2000, Biggar, SK

Benjamin Copeland, Loran scholar

Laura Thorne, Scace Loran scholar

Elrose Composite School, Elrose, SK

Argyle Secondary School, North Vancouver, BC

David D’Arienzo, Loran scholar

Jiawen Zhou, BMO Capital Markets Loran scholar

John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON

Mairead Ferguson, Loran scholar Cobequid Educational Center, Truro, NS




PROFILE: JAME S A P P L E YA R D & TA M A R A R E B A N K S James Appleyard and Tamara Rebanks are two of our most dedicated and experienced

volunteers, with more than 29 years of volunteer service between them as directors, interviewers and mentors. And they have a unique history with the Loran Awards: now married, they first met when interviewing together on a Toronto regional selection committee in the autumn of 2000.

Even though I have read hundreds of applications and interviewed scholars for more than ten years, I still feel so excited and optimistic at the end of interviewing. There are so many young Canadians doing so much for their communities, I know I am going to be boasting that I met them when they were 17. Tamara Rebanks Tamara is Vice-President, Community Affairs at George Weston Ltd, one of Canada’s largest public companies, where she is responsible for a charitable giving program that helps Canadian children to become more healthy and active. ViceChair of CMSF’s board of directors, she also serves on the board of Connect Legal. Tamara takes a long, broad view of CMSF’s work. “Character is a difficult thing to define and look for in a teenager. When I interview, I look for candidates that have stepped outside their comfort zone and taken on a challenge or solved some issue. If someone is doing that at 17 or 18, just think of what they will do when they are 30 or 40. CMSF doesn’t care if you are going to be a future business entrepreneur, scientist or leader in the charitable sector. We need leaders in all those fields to be successful as a nation.” James, who is Chairman & CEO of Artez Interactive, a leading provider of online fundraising solutions for non-profit organizations, is Past Chair of CMSF and has been interviewing candidates since 1994. He is a director of the Gardiner Museum and taught management and business strategy for several years at University of Toronto Mississauga. He is a strong believer in the non-monetary aspects of the enrichment program. “When I speak with prospective CMSF donors, our conversations focus on the ‘end-game’ of what CMSF is actually pursuing. We are aiming to build a greater country with our scholars as contributors in a host of different ways. The scholarship money is no more than the necessary fuel. The aspects of program enrichment —summer program, mentoring, orientation expedition & retreat, the wider network—are what make all the difference.” James and Tamara are members of our Founders’ Circle, jointly underwriting Applebanks Loran Awards. They also individually mentor two Loran scholars at University of Toronto. 2011 ANNUAL REPORT



U N I VERSITY PARTNERSHIP Unique in Canada, our university partners demonstrate their trust in our selection

process by waiving tuition for Loran scholars. They also join us in stewarding scholars throughout their undergraduate studies by designating a staff member who serves as an advisor on campus. Universities with a significant number of Loran scholars on campus host receptions for past and present scholars, volunteers, mentors and supporters.

Over the past two decades, I have seen the Loran Awards grow from a good idea into a vital national investment in young people who demonstrate integrity, entrepreneurial energy and commitment to serving their communities. We are proud to be a long-term partner with the foundation in providing an excellent Canadian option for these young people. Tom Traves, president, Dalhousie University

Atlantic Canada Dalhousie University Memorial University Mount Allison University Université de Moncton University of King’s College University of New Brunswick

Québec McGill University Université Laval Université de Montréal

Ontario McMaster University Queen’s University University of Guelph University of Ottawa University of Toronto University of Waterloo University of Western Ontario York University

Prairies University of Alberta University of Calgary University of Manitoba University of Saskatchewan

BC Kathryn Dingle (‘07), Jesse Robson (‘06), Elizabeth Miazga (‘07) and Beth Hong (‘06) at a reception at McGill University, hosted by Morton Mendelson, deputy provost (student life & learning).


Simon Fraser University University of British Columbia University of Victoria



mentoring Our growing national network of donors, alumni and volunteers is one of our greatest assets. Since 2005, the one-on-one mentorship program has involved 222 mentors,

112 of whom are mentoring current Loran scholars. Mentors commit to sharing their experiences and networks with the scholars and also act as role models and advisors. To build connections between mentors and scholars, senior fellows have convened gatherings for more than 100 mentors and scholars in Vancouver, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.

ME NTORS FOR T H E C L A S S O F 2 0 1 1 David Bell, Professor, York University,

Jaymie Matthews, Professor, Astrophysics,


UBC, Vancouver

Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director, Heritage

William Morneau, Executive Chairman,

Montréal, Montréal

Morneau Shepell, Toronto

Helen Burstyn, Chair, Ontario Trillium

Landon Pearson, Senator (retired), Ottawa

Foundation, Toronto

Wendy Cecil, Chancellor, Victoria University, University of Toronto, Toronto

Kit Dalaroy, Managing Director, Corporate &

Investment Banking, National Bank Financial, Montréal

Sarah Dickson, Associate Professor, Civil

Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton

Vaughn Dowie, Executive Head, Public Affairs, McGill University, Montréal

David Eaves, public intellectual, Vancouver

Scott Gilmore, Executive Director, Peace Dividend Trust, Ottawa

Ida Goodreau, Director, Centre for Healthcare Management, UBC, Vancouver

Darlene Hammell, Assistant Dean, University of Victoria, Victoria

Leanne Hammond Komori, Executive

Director, Central Okanagan Foundation, Kelowna

Robert Hawkes, Professor, Physics, Mount Allison University, Sackville

Sharon Manson Singer, President, Canadian

Susan Scace, President, Henry White Kinnear Foundation, Toronto

Vicki Schmolka, Lawyer & Plain Language Consultant, Kingston

Hersh Sehdev, Executive Director,

Kingston Community Health Centre, Kingston

Nola-Kate Seymoar, President & CEO,

International Centre for Sustainable Cities, Vancouver

Duncan Sinclair, Dean of Medicine (retired), Queen’s University, Inverary

Peter Sweeney, Founder & Co-President, Primal, Waterloo

John Swift, Lawyer, Vancouver Bhavana Varma, President & CEO, United Way KFLA, Kingston

Christl Verduyn, Professor, English, Mount Allison University, Sackville

Bilkis Vissandjée, Professor, Nursing, University of Montreal, Montréal

Rose Wilson, Halifax Sarah Young, Principal & Co-Owner, MT & L Public Relations, Halifax

Policy Research Networks, Vancouver




PROFILE: JOANNE C AV E & B I L L Y O U N G Originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Joanne Cave (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ‘09) is now a third-year student at University of Toronto, where she majors in sociology and women’s studies. On campus, she has served on the editorial committee for her program’s undergraduate journal and is currently external director. As a peer mentor, she has also delivered workshops on time management, academic success and getting involved on campus to first-year students as part of the First in the Family program. Off campus, she has volunteered with the Empire Club of Canada, the Centre for Social Innovation and Endeavour, a consulting group for non-profits.

I think the best part is just how great it is to see the world of possibilities through a smart, caring, ambitious young person’s eyes like Joanne. It makes you really believe that the world is going to be in good hands if she is representative of our future leaders. Bill Young, president, Social Capital Partners

Joanne was paired with Bill Young, President of Social Capital Partners, a national non-profit organization that facilitates growth financing and provides advisory services to businesses that integrate a community hiring model into their HR strategy to expand career opportunities for motivated individuals outside the economic mainstream. Bill, who had a successful career as an entrepreneur in the private sector before founding SCP ten years ago, is also a major donor to CMSF, underwriting several Loran Awards over the past few years through the Hamilton Community Foundation. “Bill and I connected almost immediately, and he offers a very different perspective that challenges me to think critically about the choices I’m making - academic, extra-curricular, or otherwise,” says Joanne. In first year, when planning her public policy summer, Joanne turned to Bill for advice. “He has been so generous with his networks. In my first year, despite having no policy analysis experience, Bill connected me with the highly regarded Caledon Institute of Social Policy. He supported me in finding a challenging opportunity I wouldn’t have been able to find otherwise, and I benefited so much from that experience,” says Joanne. “I’d absolutely recommend being a mentor to a Loran scholar,” says Bill. “I think all of us older folks can benefit from a close inter-generational relationship and it’s an opportunity to learn as well as to hopefully teach. It’s also an opportunity to derive more passion and energy for our own work because we are inevitably influenced by the passion and energy of the Loran scholar. I am pretty sure the mentor gets more out of it than the mentee – at least, that is true in my particular case!” 2011 ANNUAL REPORT



summer program The summer program is meant to enrich the undergraduate experience for our scholars by encouraging productive use of summers. Scholars have access to up to $7,500 and extensive networks to create three different summer internships. Staff work with scholars to develop objectives for each summer and also steward relationships with organizations that provide outstanding internship opportunities. 1. An enterprise internship: scholars develop skills

in a for-profit environment and learn about leadership in the business world. For example, 2008 W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar Connor Bays worked in Toronto in corporate strategy at Loblaw Companies and 2010 W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar Priya Koipillai (top right) interned at Immunovaccine, a clinical stage vaccine company in Halifax. 2. A public policy internship: scholars gain experi-

ence with Canada’s policy-making process, in its partisan or non-partisan forms, and are exposed to some of the institutions that influence public policy in Canada. For example, 2010 W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar Alexander Harmsen secured an internship with Defense Research & Development Canada in Valcartier and 2009 BMO Capital Markets Loran scholar Ellie Jin interned with Philanthropic Foundations Canada, researching tax policy and regulatory regimes affecting charities. 3. An opportunity for personal and/or community development. In Canada or abroad, scholars work

or volunteer on projects that take them outside of their academic and personal comfort zones. For example, 2010 Scace Loran scholar Adam Hasham (middle right) studied Swahili and volunteered on an architectural restoration project in Zanzibar and 2007 Young Fund Loran scholar Sylvia Wu (bottom right) volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse in Cambodia, conducting experiments on water filters to study the chemical content of the filtered water. 2011 ANNUAL REPORT



PROFILE: DANNY H E R T Z Danny grew up on a beef cattle farm and was quite actively engaged in his school and local community in Duchess, Alberta. Since the day he was selected as a Loran scholar in 2008, he has made the most of the opportunity. He moved across the country to study commerce at Queen’s University. He is active on campus in the investment club, serves as director of policy for a campus political club and is president of the class of 2012 for the Commerce Society. He also remains engaged with his local riding association in Alberta. On Fridays, Danny helps to deliver food from campus to a homeless shelter in Kingston. Danny has put the funding available for summer internships to excellent use. As a first-year student, he interned at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC. He prepared market briefs for Canadian businesses and attended Congressional hearings and think tank sessions to further his understanding of the field.

Being selected as a Loran scholar has given me the chance to embark on a life-altering journey over the past three years. Already I am realizing that through the network of committed students, volunteers, staff and donors that are involved with CMSF, I have been encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone and pursue my academic interests while continuing to be involved with my community, at home and abroad. Danny Hertz

After second year, Danny volunteered for 12 weeks with Seed Finance, a micro-finance organization in the Philippines, as a finance intern. He was responsible for conducting a feasibility study on microinsurance, creating recommendations for how to improve the organization’s mobile banking initiatives, and putting together a financial model and suggestions for how to boost the reliability and profitability of ATMs that were being used by people in rural and remote areas. While on academic exchange at HEC in Paris, France, Danny arranged to meet with Lyle Schwartz (Loran scholar ’96), who is an executive director at Goldman Sachs, to discuss the possibility of working for Goldman in New York City. With Lyle’s help, Danny was introduced to the Goldman recruiters and secured a summer internship in the natural resources group in NYC.




a community of scholars With more than 110 scholars studying throughout Canada at 17 different universities,

we believe strongly in the value of establishing a national community of scholars who inspire and motivate each other. To this end, we bring scholars together for an orientation expedition, national scholars retreats, regional events and our national scholars forum. We also provide an online space for past and present scholars at

We send the incoming class of scholars on a five-day orientation expedition in Algonquin Park. Immediately following the orientation expedition, the incoming class joins their fellow scholars at our four-day retreat at Crieff Hills, near Guelph. Participation at the retreat has steadily increased since we introduced it in 2006, with 76 scholars participating last year.

Past Loran scholars Diane Nalini de Kerckhove (‘92), David Sandomierski (‘97), Wojciech Gryc (‘04), Marie-Renée Lajoie (‘04) and Joshua Monk Vanwyck (‘04) led workshops on effective leadership, meaningful risk-taking, balancing a well-rounded undergraduate career and setting and accomplishing goals. Staff also led discussions about the mentoring and summer programs, drawing on the experiences of the older scholars. Our incoming and graduating scholars gathered during national selections weekend in February to assist with interviews and participate in a scholar forum. The morning session for first year scholars featured David-Martin Milot (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ‘07), a fourth-year scholar and student of medicine who recently changed his career path to focus on public health. The fourth-year scholars’ session consisted of an alumni panel, which discussed the transition from under-




graduate studies and was moderated Mark Schaan (Loran scholar ’97, Senior Policy Analyst at Industry Canada). The panel included Amy Cervenan (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ’99, PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Toronto), Warren Tranquada (Loran scholar ’92, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center), and François Tanguay-Renaud (BMO Loran scholar ’98, Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School). The afternoon included scholar-to-scholar presentations on their summer experiences and advice from fourth-year scholars to first-year scholars. In a morning keynote, mentor Scott Gilmore, founder and Executive Director of Peace Dividend Trust and a fellow at the World Economic Forum, challenged scholars by criticizing “voluntourism” and giving examples of effective and ineffective international aid projects. It was a spirited and fruitful discussion. In the evening, we gathered for dinner to celebrate the graduating class of scholars and welcome the first-year scholars. Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies, gave a keynote address on how responsible businesses can respond quickly and effectively to many of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, especially those related to global food.




orientation expedition Thanks to a multi-year pledge from Nancy Young, we were able to introduce a week-long orientation expedition, led by Outward Bound Canada, that provides scholars with an opportunity to challenge themselves physically, gain confidence in taking risks and work productively in a team setting. The week is also intended to generate a shared sense of identity amongst the incoming class of Loran scholars before they disperse across Canada to begin their first term at university. Based on our evaluation of last year’s orientation, this year we moved the launch location from Burk’s Falls to the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto. Scholars were divided once again into three groups. Each scholar started the trip carrying all their personal belongings, food and sleeping gear in packs that weighed one-third of their body weight. But for the first time, one group undertook a five-day hike in Algonquin Park, while the two other groups went off on a five-day canoe trip.

We also added a greater emphasis on reflection before, during and after the expedition. This included a 24-hour solitary period in the middle of the expedition to allow the scholars time to reflect and to integrate their learning. As in 2009 when we launched the program, the scholars unanimously recommended that the experience be continued in future years.




I think that the orientation expedition is a great tradition; thank you for all you have contributed to the program to make it what it is! It really is life changing!

Evelyn Wainewright, Oakville, ON

The experience was absolutely amazing! I learned an incredible amount about myself and my fellow scholars. It is the perfect experience to have before entering the first year of university. I cannot put to words how thankful I am to have been able to be a part of it this year.

Jenna Gall, Montmartre, SK

It really is incredible how seven days in the bush can bring a group of near-strangers together. We were forced to let go of all our inhibitions in order to help each other through a totally new and challenging experience. Stephen Brophy, Conception Bay South, NL

I had an incredible opportunity to work with a group of actively engaged young leaders. This experience was unforgettable and I am thankful that I was able to take part in it. Sarah Lone, MontrĂŠal, QC




volunteers Since inception, our selection process has relied on a network of dedicated volunteers who assess and interview candidates. We recruit volunteers from a variety of sectors and careers who are demonstrating in their own lives the very values we look for in our scholars. Our small staff of eight employees works at the centre of this national network. From the directors on our board to the interviewers and assessors to the mentors who commit to four years of advising a scholar, it is only through the work of volunteers that we are able to deliver such an effective enrichment program. Last year, more than 400 volunteers gave more than 8,000 hours of their time. We thank the individuals listed below for giving their time and for believing in the value of making long-term investments in young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential. Kariann Aarup

Allison Barrett-George

Alan Broadbent

Megan Adams

Mischa Bartkow (‘99)

Patrice Brodeur

Alice Adelkind

Jeff Baryshnik (‘98)

Tim Brodhead

Amanda Affonso

Christian Bauta

Ken Broekaert

Dorinne Ah-Kam

Michel Bazinet

Elizabeth Bronson

Lauren Albrecht (‘01)

Cynthia Beaudry (‘07)

Kyla Brophy (‘06)

Dominic Allain (‘95)

David Bell

Katherine Brown

Brent Allison

Vali Bennett

Joe Brubraker

Warren Allmand

Teresa Bennett (‘94)

Lyse Brunet

Teresa Alm

Louis Bernatchez

Dinu Bumbaru

Iris Almeida-Coté

Lyle Best

Erika Burger (‘91)

Anne Andermann

Bridget Beswick (‘99)

David Burgess

Amy Andrews Alexander (‘96)

Mebrat Beyene

Kate Burke

Mark Angelo (‘99)

Benoit Bisaillon

Helen Burstyn

James Appleyard

Bill Black

François Cadieux (‘05)

Nick Arkle

Rob Black

Kelsey Cameron (‘98)

Nisard Aroquiaraj

Pat Bogstad

Lindsay Cameron

Lydya Assayag

Madeline Boscoe

Vickie Cammack

Janice Astbury

Julie-Claire Boudreault

Wendi Campbell

Mary Lou Babineau

Marina Boulos

Valerie Campbell

Anne Catherine Bajard

Andreea Bourgeois

Ray Cantwell (‘98)

Lauren Baker

Yves Bourgeois

Myrosia Cap

Sharon Balfour

Marg Bowman

Mel Cappe

Karim Bardeesy

Gurpreet Brar (‘00)

Derek Carlisle

Stéphanie Barker

Jeff Brison

Brant Carson (‘99)

Katie Barnes-Prior

Scott Brittain

Sharon Carstairs




Sheila Casgrain

Purdy Crawford

Erin Eacott (‘93)

Mark Gifford

John Cawley

David Crombie

David Eaves

Scott Gilmore

Wendy Cecil

Patrick Cronin

Kim Echlin

Eric Gionet

Amy Cervenan (‘99)

Sheela Curley

Lyle Eide

Patrick Giroux

Kevin Chan

Michael Currie (‘05)

Susan Eide

Jonathan Glencross

Shirley Chan

Ruth daCosta

Pearl Eliadis

Steve Glickman

Owen Charters

Michelle Dagnino (‘98)

Wanda Elliot

Patricia Gloudon

Robert Chatelain (‘01)

Kit Dalaroy

Michael Emes

Nicki Glowacki

Tameeza Chatur

Linda Ann Daly

Kirstin Erickson (‘01)

Jane Good

Priscilla Chen

Lisa Dalziel

Vince Escanlar

Ida Goodreau

Marc-Antoine Chiasson

Julie Danielse

Paul Fahey

Douglas Grant

Alison Chick (‘01)

Jack Darville

Maggie Fairs

Jerry Gray

Jerome Chomos

Patrick David (‘99)

Kevin Fairs

Loree Gray

Jeeshan Chowdhury (‘00)

Elaine Davies

Johnny Fansher

James Gray

Jennifer Clapp

Paul Dekar

Sarah Farrell

Shari Graydon

Jennifer Clark

Lisa Demers

Kevin Farrell

Kelly Grindrod

Kevin Clark

Rose-May Demore

Marta Filipski (‘02)

Harry Grossmith

Meghan Clarke

Janet Dench

Janice Filmon

Marie-Josée Guénette

Andrew Clement

Donald Dennie

Mary Ann Finn

Bill Guest

Robert Cluett

Jean Dennie

Normand Fortier

Edmund Haakonson

Ruth-Ann Companion

Catherine Fowler

Luther Haave

Calee Comstock (‘98)

Melanie Derynck Lightstone (‘02)

Graham Fox (‘93)

Lori Hale

Alexandra Conliffe (‘99)

Brian Desbiens

Renzo Francescutti

Frederick Hall

Meg Connell

Mohamed Dhanani

Anne Fraser

Louise Hamel

Megan Conway

Cam di Prata

Graham Fraser

Darlene Hammell

Sean Conway

David Dibbon

Diane Freeman

Leanne Hammond Komori

Aline Cool

Sarah Dickson

Charlotte French

Lucy Hanes Chatham

George Cooper

Adrienne DiPaolo

David Friesen

Debbie Hanlon

Michele Corbeil

Lauren Dobell

Virginia Froman

Ian Hanna

Priscilla Corcoran Mooney

Chris Dobranzski

Rick Frost

Rick Harcourt

Alix Dostal

Guy Fuller

Dylan Hardy

Dave Cormier

Vaughan Dowie

Kathleen Gallagher

Patricia Harris

Christine Corston

James Downey

Lucia Harrison

Stephen Couchman

Andrea Drager

Carolina Gallo Richer La Flèche

Lindsay Coulter

Jacques Dubé

Brian Gardner (‘93)

Anne Hebert

Yvan Couture

Peter Dueck

Peter George

Gerard Heffernan

Chris Cowperthwaite (‘99)

Wendy Duff

Frances Gertsch

Cheryl Heinzl

Philip Cowperthwaite

Martin Dumas

Natalie Gerum (‘05)

Meghan Henry

Jane Craighead Bob Crawford

Carly Dunster

Melissa Gibaldi (‘04)

Claire Hepburn

Kim Dupre

Julie Gibson (‘95)

Hillary Higgins (‘03)




Robert Hawkes



Garry Hilderman

Viviane Lapointe

Richard Martin-Nielsen

Naheed Nenshi

Alex Himelfarb

Jane Lapointe

Marilyn Mason

Jennifer Newcombe

Terrence Ho

Paul Larocque

Jaymie Matthews

Martha Nixon

Cheryl Hodder

Laurie Lashbrook

Judy Matthews

David Noble

Karen Hoffmann

Sylvie Lauzon

Ashif Mawji

Donna Noonan

Laura Hogan (‘99)

Tracy Lavin

Donald Mazer

Caroline North

Jonathan Holmes (‘07)

Doug Lawson

Alex Mazer (‘97)

Daryl Novak

Grant Hopcroft

Stéphane LeBlanc

Jill McCaw

Wesley Novotny (‘96)

Renée Hudon

Marie Leblanc-Kerr

Rosemarie McClean

Mark Nyvlt

Michelle Hurtubise

Linda Leith

Kim McConnell

Kara O’Brien (‘01)

Andrea Iaboni (‘94)

Richard Lemon

Helen McEvoy

Daniela O’Callaghan (‘01)

Yaacov Iland (‘97)

John Lennox

Sandy McFadden

Shane O’Dea

David Ingram

Richard Lessard

Désirée McGraw

Niall O’Dea

Patricia Irving

Pat Letizia

Sheri Lee McKenna

Jeremy O’Krafka

Nicole Israel (‘99)

Peter Leuprecht

Helen McLean

Liz O’Neill

Tim Jackson

Leah Levac

Christy McLeod

Vivienne Ojala

Don Jaffray

Christopher Li (‘93)

Sandi Meilitz

Catharine Ouimet

Francine James (‘94)

Grace Li (‘06)

Klara Michal (‘97)

Mark Ouseley (‘06)

Ed Jernigan

Wendy Lill

Christian Michaud

Terry Owen

Ginette Jeudy

Abby Lippman

Heather Millar (‘00)

Sevaun Palvetzian

Michael Johnston

Alison Loat

Andy Mills

Marc Paquin

Patrick Johnston

Nancy Lockhart

Diane Minichiello

Gilles Patry

Craig Jones

Wayne Ludlow

Sam Minniti

Sandra Patterson

Seth Kay

Gaétan Lussier

Eliza Mitchell

Lianne Paturel

Carol Kehoe

Emma Lyndon (‘98)

Usha Mittoo

Martin Pearce

Kevin Keough

Jeanette Lynes

Jessica Moe (‘04)

Matthew Pearce

John Keuper

Kurt Lynn

Hilary Pearson

Ekta Khemani

Mary MacDonald-Pickering

Mary Moran Michael Moreau (‘98)

Kosar Khwaja (‘94)

Rhiannon MacDonnell

Elizabeth Morey

Kate Pereira (‘04)

Candace Kielbiski

Sandra MacGillivray (‘94)

Isabelle Morin

Laura-Julie Perreault

Jennifer King (‘98)

Jim Mackey

David Morin

Ann Peters

Emilie Knoechel (‘96)

Roderick MacLennan

William Morneau

Tara Phillips (‘96)

Sara Knowles (‘98)

Michael MacMillan

William Morris

John Phillips

Francoise Ko

Antonia Maioni

Françoise Morrisette

Cathy Phillips

Audrey Kobayashi

Roopen Majithia

David Mosher

Craig Pho

Amy-Lee Kouwenberg (‘01)

Beth Malcolm

Susan Murley

Kelly Pitaoulis

Norman Labrie

Sharon Manson Singer

Patrick Nadeau (‘00)

Lawrie Pollard

David Laidley

Judith Marcuse

Ted Needham

Gail Prasad (‘98)

Kapil Lakhotia

Verlie Martin

Byron Neiles

Deborah Preston




Landon Pearson

Chris Proctor (‘06)

Mark Schaan (‘97) Mike Shaver

Deborah Taylor

Nancy Vogan

Ene Querney

Peter Taylor

Kevin Waller

Jennifer Racine

Vicki Schmolka

Leah Temerty Lord

Richard Walling

Karen Radford

Albert Schultz

Ken Teslia

Gary Warner

Christian Ragusich

Lyle Schwartz (‘96)

Joel Thibert (‘00)

Madina Wasuge

Tamara Rebanks

Gen Scott

Patricia Thiel

Joy Weismiller

Wendy Rebanks

Rudy Sedlak (‘97)

David Thompson

Frances Westley

Merike Remmel

Hersh Sehdev

Ian Thompson

W. Galen Weston

Grant Reuber

Nola-Kate Seymoar

Wendy Thomson

Galen G. Weston

Sidney Ribaux

Steve Shannon

Chantal Tie

Karen Wilson

Bill Richard

Mike Shaver

Tiffany Tingley (‘02)

James Wilson

Emma Richardson

Karen Sheriff

Martha Tory

Michael Wilson

Lindsey Richardson

Yafang Shi

Warren Tranquada (‘92)

Rose Wilson

Norman Riddell

Michael Simmonds

Beatrice Traub-Werner

Peter Wong

Mike Ridley

Merilyn Simonds

Moreen Tremblay

Sue Wong

Nada Ristich

Andre Simoneau

Chuk Wong

Joy Roberts

Elliot Sims (‘04)

Marilyn Trenholme Counsell

Meghan Roberts (‘98)

Duncan Sinclair

Ilse Treurnicht

Fred Wright

Reynold Robertson

Michael Singh (‘07)

Janet Tryhuba

John Wright

Peter Robic

Lucas Skoczkowski (‘92)

Linda Tunney

Arash Yazdani

Peter Robinson

Beth Skuy

Edna Turpin

Elizabeth Yeo

Bruno Rocca

Janet Smith (‘95)

Chris Umiastowski

Sarah Young

Ryan Rodrigues

Malcolm Smith

Michael Urlocker

Bill Young

Wendy Roe

Michael Smith

Steven Uster (‘97)

Nancy Young

Rhonda Roffey

Robert Smithson

Barbara Uteck

Erica Zarkovich (‘98)

Tina Rogers

Jerry Spiegel

Beth Vader (‘99)

Yin Ying Zhang (‘05)

Richard Rooney

Andrea Stack

Stéphane Vaillancourt

Pierre Zundel

Cheryl Rose

Kim Steele

Valérie Valiulis

Jane Rounthwaite

Erin Steuter

Tony Valle

Kate Rounthwaite

Jon Studiman

John van Nostrand

Anthea Rowe

Judy Stymest

Ryan Van Wert (‘98)

Jane Roy

Lynn Sully

Jason van Eyk

Lucie Saint Gelais

Peter Sweeney

Colleen Varcoe

Abigail Salole

John Swift

Bhavana Varma

David Sandomierski (‘97)

Shauna Sylvester

Christine Vaughan

Matthew Sardina

Lyn Tait

Manon Vennat

Meredith Saunderson

Greg Tallon

Christl Verduyn

Philip Savage

Amy Tan (‘96)

Lynda Vézina

Roberta Sawatzky

Bilkis Vissandjée

Natasha Sawh

François Tanguay- Renaud (‘98)

Susan Scace

Karen Tanner

David Vlemmix (‘05)

Roman Viveros-Aguilera




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Since our earliest days, the Loran Awards have benefited from the support of Canadian companies and foundations that are aligned with our mission of investing signficantly in young people who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.

P r i ncipal Supporter - $1,000,000+

Sponsor of the W. Garfield Weston Loran Awards & exclusive sponsor of the W. Garfield Weston Awards.

Primary Supporter - $500,000+ Morrison Foundation

Major Supporter - $150,000+ Ralph M. Barford Family Foundation

A s sociate Supporters - $75,000+ Anonymous The Henry White Kinnear Foundation The Michael Young Family Foundation

P r i ncipal Benefactors - $50,000+

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We need leaders in every domain and every organization, which is why BMO Capital Markets is a proud supporter of the Loran Awards. Through our Equity Through Education initiative, we have invested $1,364,000 in a diverse group of scholars, all of whom show potential as leaders. Eric Tripp, Co-President, BMO Capital Markets

P r i m a ry Benefactors - $25,000+ Avana Capital Corporation Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life Scotiabank

Friends of Canadian Education Loran Alumni Association WestJet (30 in-kind flights)

M a j o r Benefactors - $10,000+ Anonymous donor Burns Family Fund at Winnipeg Foundation Future Leaders Fund

Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. Friesens Corporation Nexen

B e n e factors - $5,000+ 2 anonymous donors Deloitte & Touche Foundation

E.W. Bickle Foundation

M a j o r Donors - up to $4,999 The Berlind Foundation Goldman Sachs Foundation Kitchen Sync Inc. Loran Scholars’ Association Morneau Shepell Microsoft Corporation National Leasing R.H. McCrae Charitable Foundation Robertson Stromberg LLP The Taligent Group TD Private Giving Foundation University of Guelph, Biomedical Sciences United Way Ottawa Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation




I N DIVIDUAL ANNUAL GIVING We thank the individuals listed below for their financial contributions in support of our mission. A denotes a donor who also gave travel miles to mitigate the costs of national selections. (from 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011)

Founders’ Circle - $ 7 5 , 0 0 0 + Estate of Ora Adeline Abraham Samuel Belzberg Nancy & Bob Young

Anonymous Craig Casgrain

Founders’ Circle - $ 2 5 , 0 0 0 - $ 7 5 , 0 0 0 Anonymous John & Cathy Phillips Donald & Fay Simmonds

Gerald & Geraldine Heffernan Tamara Rebanks & James Appleyard Robert & Louise Simmonds

Founders’ Circle - $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 - $ 2 4 , 9 9 9 Wendy M. Cecil Robert Cluett William Morneau Quynh-Thuyen Tan (‘92) Ben A. Young Fred Wright

Patrick & Ramona CroninA Craig PhoA & Mireille Moors Richard Rooney Wendy & Leslie Rebanks Rose Wilson

Chair’s Circle - $5 , 0 0 0 - $ 9 , 9 9 9 Doug & Ruth Grant Roderick MacLennan Heinz & Margaret Rieger Lyle Schwartz (‘96)

Joanne & Joe Houssian Rudy North Joseph Segal Lucas SkoczkowskiA (‘92) & Erica Wong

Chair’s Circle - $2 , 5 0 0 - $ 4 , 9 9 9 Corey Centen (‘03) Franca Gucciardi (‘90) & Alex Usher Mark Schaan (‘97)

Mary Ann Finn L.O. Pollard Cornell Wright & Sarah McEvoy




Executive Director’s C i r c l e - $ 1 , 0 0 0 - $ 2 , 4 9 9 Gail Asper & Michael Paterson George Cooper Bryan P. DaviesA & Andra Takacs Alan T. Dickson Brian Gardner (‘93) Wojciech Gryc (‘04) John C. Madden Karen McRae Bill & Betty Morris Shayan Rahnama (‘01) Lionel Schipper

Jeff Baryshnik (‘98) Patrick David (‘99) & Michael Smith Elaine Davies Paul Fahey Peter George Robert W. Korthals Don & Rosemarie McClean Klara MichalA (‘97) Richard Phillips Brandi Read (‘98) Steven Uster (‘97)

Executive Director’s C i r c l e - $ 5 0 0 - $ 9 9 9 Dominic Allain (‘95) Alison & David Appleyard Teresa Bennett (‘94) Pierre Boudreault Robert Chipman Purdy & Bea Crawford Brian Desbiens Virginia Froman Adina & Jesse Helmer Gaetan Lussier Sandra (‘94) & Rodney MacGillvray Wesley Novotny (‘96) Joanne Pooley Wendy Roe Heather SprattA Chantal Tie Warren Tranquada (‘92) Karen Wilson

Mark Angelo (‘99) Patricia Arroyo Marjorie Blankstein C.M. Gupreet Brar (‘00) Jennifer Clark Michelle Dagnino (‘98) Erin Eacott (‘93) Marianne Hawkins (‘93) Michael Laine Emma Lyndon (‘98) Sarah Michael (‘93) Neil Peet (‘04) Meghan Roberts (‘98) Tara & Rudy Sedlak (‘97) Amy Tan (‘96) Martha J. Tory Ryan Van Wert (‘98)




Sch olars’ Circle - $ 2 5 0 - $ 4 9 9 Anonymous Trevor Allin Stephanie Barker Amy Bodman Kenneth Broekaert Ray (‘98) and Christine Cantwell Allison Chick (‘01) Helen Cluett Stephen Cosman (‘03) Chris Cowperthwaite (‘99) Annabelle DeGouveia Melanie Derynck (‘02) Kim Echlin George Fowlie Samir Gupta (‘95) Holly Gwynne-Timothy

Ian Hembery Jason Kerr John Watt Lennox Jennifer Lording Helen McLean Patrick Nadeau (‘00) Janet (‘00) & Richard Martin-Nielsen Marian Nemec (‘91) Kara O’Brien (‘01) Ann Peters Lauren Phillips (‘99) Greg Robinson Harold Robinson Eric Sanderson David Sandomierski (‘97) Bill Young

Scholars’ Circle - u p t o $ 2 4 9 Anonymous Ainsley Alexander (‘03) Stephanie Arbez (‘01) Anne Aubut (‘04) Mischa Bartkow (‘99) Joe & Marie Bellon Joan & Richard Beswick Bridget Beswick (‘99) Esha Bhandari (‘01) Rick Bhullar (‘00) Calee Blanchard (‘98) Emily Boehm

Kate Boyle Erika Burger (‘91) Brant Carson (‘99) Brianna Caryll (‘91) Brianne Castonguay (‘03) Amy Cervenan (‘99) Danielle Chahine-Iny (‘98) Robert Chatelain (‘01) Doug & Kaireen Chaytor Priscilla Chen Greig & Carolyn Clark Calee Comstock (‘98)



Aline Cool Caroline Crawford (‘06) Don Currie Michael Currie (‘05) Ruth daCosta Rita Devlin (‘03) Kelly Doctor (‘99) James Downey Rebecca Davis (‘00 Hammond Dugan Kaitlin Dupuis (‘02) David Ellis


Ann Falvey The Famuyides Maya Fernandez (‘08) William Finn Frances Gertsch In Memory of Ora Abraham Jane Good The Hon. L. Gotlib

Sara Knowles (‘98) Marlaine Koehler Amy-Lee Kouwenberg (‘01) Ben Kunz (‘98) Marie-Renée Lajoie (‘04) Courtney Lancaster (‘04) Hyla LaPointe (‘08) Janet Lewis

Barnaby Ross Jane Rowland Natasha Sawh Vicki Schmolka Alexandra Schwabe (‘09) Gail Scott Roberta Seed Kate Sheenan

Adela Gotz (‘03) Angelo Guido Robert Harris Eric Haywood-Farmer (‘96) Hillary Higgins (‘03) Jonathan Hoddenbagh (‘02) Laura Hogan (‘99) Heather Holland (‘98) Jonathan Holmes (‘07) Michelle Hurtubise Nazim Hussain (‘01) Yaacov Iland (‘97) David Ingram Mathieu Isabel (‘06) Faisal Ismail (‘03) Francine James (‘94) Sheryl Johnson (‘05) Charlotte Jones Shannon Jorgensen (‘00) Jean-Philippe Julien (‘01) Sean Junor Jennifer King (‘98) Emilie Knoechel (‘96)

Christopher Li (‘93) Grace Li (‘06) Nyranne Martin (‘97) Maria Maute (‘06) Alexander Mazer (‘97) Marcus McCann Leora Morris (‘02) Nicolas Nadeau (‘02) Barbara Nelson Terry Nickerson Kevin O’Rielly Mark Ouseley (‘06) Natalie Parks (‘03) Konnie Peet John Pegg (‘06) Aimee Pelletier (‘00) Jay Potter (‘02) Richard Powers Suzanne (‘95) & Neil Pozak Gail Prasad (‘98) Matthew Reid (‘05) Haley Robinson (‘08) Jesse Robson (‘05)

Graham Smith (‘05) Emilie Stevens (‘02) Judy (‘99) & Brian Suke Kailea Switzer (‘05) François Tanguay-Renaud (‘98) Myriam Theriault Joël Thibert Jamie Thomas-Pavanel (‘05) David & Jennifer Thompson Laura Thomson (‘04) Hoai-An Tran (‘08) Chris Trendall Nina Tu Joshua Monk Vanwyck (‘04) David Vlemmix (‘05) Christine Wadsworth (‘06) Alex Way (‘04) Kate Welwood (‘04) Brian Wilson Chuk Wong Sam Wong (‘90) Stephen Young (‘03) Erica Zarkovich (‘98)




PROFILE: NAD I A S A LVAT E R R A When Nadia Salvaterra (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ‘00) headed to Iqaluit for her

public policy summer, she did not suspect that it would be the start of a long-term fascination with the North. Almost a decade later, as she begins her career as a physician in Vancouver, her commitment to Nunavut shows no signs of abating. The Loran Awards played a key part in making it possible for Nadia to pursue her interest. The Foundation provided Nadia with encouragement and support to continue her work. “They were so interested in what I was doing and helped me to stay up North,” she recalls. “That was a very formative moment.” While working for the Government of Nunavut Department of Health, she was instrumental in drafting and tabling a tobacco control act in a region with one of the world’s highest smoking rates. At the time, it was the the first legislation in the country to prohibit smoking in all restaurants and bars throughout a province or territory.

I feel a responsibility to give back. The support I have received is so much greater than money, but I feel it is important to start chipping away on my ‘debt’ to the foundation now. Nadia Salvaterra

Having since finished medical school at McMaster University, Nadia’s sights have returned to the North. She recently returned from a stint in Rankin Inlet, where she provided primary care and family medicine to the town of 3,500 and smaller outlying communities. Now, she’s planning to return for an extended time. Despite an interest in other countries—she taught English in India after high school and recently volunteered with a local NGO in Haiti—Nadia feels an obligation as a Canadian to focus on her own nation for now. “It’s hard to go to Northern Canada,” she says, “and see how great the need is, and decide to put your energy into another country.” Nadia remains committed to the Loran Awards. In 2010, she became one of our leading alumni donors, making her first Executive Director’s circle gift.




financials We established the Tomorrow Fund in 2009-2010 to provide existing and new donors with a means of making a long-term gift in support of the Loran Awards; at year end, the fund was valued at approximately $1.2 million. One of our goals over the next few years is to fund a modest proportion of our annual expenditures from income earned on invested capital, and the Tomorrow Fund is an important aspect of this strategy. We are also focused on increasing the total value of multi-year gifts in support of the Loran Awards. Most recently, we received such a donation of $500,000 from the Morrison Foundation. Due to a very disciplined approach to expenditures and a strong annual fundraising campaign, we posted an operating surplus of $434K, which will be used to fund future Loran Awards. This brings our total assets to $5,561,285 (+24.3% over the previous fiscal year). We encourage you to review our audited financial statements, which are available at Below is summarized financial information for the year ended April 30, 2011.


2011 $

Current assets Long-term assets

2010 $










Current liabilities



Long-term liabilities






NET ASSETS Tomorrow Fund













INCOME (Loran Awards)

2011 $



Interest and other income

2010 $ 1,844,584





Stipend grants Enrichment program







Mentorship and stewardship Gatherings (retreat, conferences, orientation expedition, etc.) Selections General and administration Excess of revenue over expenses















Note: Our partner universities waive tuition for Loran scholars. Total cost of $590,040 is based on the national average tuition of $4,917.

INCOME (Loran Awards) with tuition

- see note, above

Universities (Tuition) 22%

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation 29%

Interest & other income 5% Individuals 12% Corporations 21%

Foundations 11%




EXPENDITURES (Loran Awards) without tuition

Summer Program 12%

Mentorship & Stewardship 3%

Gatherings 8%

Selections 8%

General & Administration 11%

Stipend Grants 58%

with tuition

- see note, opposite page

General & Administration 8%

Tuition 26%

Selections 6% Gatherings 6%

Mentorship & Stewardship 2%

Summer Program 9% Stipend Grants 43%




B O ARD OF DIREC TORS & OFFICERS James Appleyard (Past Chair) Chairman & CEO, Artez Interactive

Nancy Lockhart CAO, Frum Development Group

George T.H. Cooper, C.M. Partner, McInnes Cooper

Rosemarie McClean Senior Vice-President, Member Services, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Patrick Cronin Executive Managing Director & Head, Financial Products, BMO Capital Markets Brian Desbiens Past President, Sir Sanford Fleming College Cam di Prata Executive Vice-President & Head, Corporate & Investment Banking National Bank Financial Peter George, C.M. (Chair) Past President, McMaster University

Bill Morneau Executive Chairman, Morneau Shepell Tamara Rebanks (Vice-Chair) Vice-President, Community Affairs, George Weston Ltd Meghan Roberts (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ’98) Vice-President, Brainmaven Research Susan Scace President, The Henry White Kinnear Foundation Michael Wilson, C.C. Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada

Franca Gucciardi (Loran scholar ’90) Executive Director & CEO, CMSF Mary Ann Finn (Treasurer) Partner, Deloitte & Touche

Cornell C.V. Wright Partner, Torys LLP Fred Wright Partner, Capital West Partners Vali Bennett (Secretary) Director of Administration, Avana Capital Corporation

C O MMITTEES Executive Committee

Investment Committee

James Appleyard, Mary Ann Finn, Peter George (Chair), Franca Gucciardi, Bill Morneau, Tamara Rebanks

James Appleyard

Audit Committee

Bill Morneau (Chair)

Rosemarie McClean (Chair)

Craig Pho, Senior Vice-President, Burgundy Asset Management

John Phillips, CEO, Klister Credit Corp Patrick Cronin Martha J. Tory, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Paul Fahey, Vice-President, Pension Investments, Nav Canada

Chuk Wong, Vice-President & Portfolio Manager, Goodman & Company




H O N O URARY COUNCIL R. Alan Broadbent, C.M. Chair, Avana Capital Corporation

James K. Gray, O.C. Founder, Canadian Hunter Exploration

Robert Cluett Founder of CMSF

Lucy Hanes Chatham Chairman, The Morehead-Cain Foundation

David Crombie, P.C., O.C. Former Mayor of Toronto and Member of Parliament

Rod MacLennan, C.M. President, Tribune Holdings

Kim Echlin Author

Grant Reuber, O.C. Former COO, Bank of Montreal; former Chair, Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation

David Friesen Chairman, Friesens Corporation

W. Galen Weston, O.C. Chairman, George Weston Ltd

J. Douglas Grant Founder, Sceptre Investment Counsel

Karen E. Wilson Solicitor

STAFF Franca Gucciardi (Loran scholar ’90) Executive Director & CEO 416.646.2120, x222

Kara O’Brien (W. Garfield Weston Loran scholar ‘01) Development & Alumni Relations Officer 416.646.2120, x223

Emily Boehm (W. Garfield Weston scholar ‘08) Executive Assistant 416.646.2120, x221

Heather Spratt Director of Programs & Operations 416.646.2120, x224

Kate Boyle Assistant Director, Programs & Operations 416.646.2120, x225

Myriam Thériault Program Officer 416.646.2120, x231

Jesse Helmer Director, Communications & Development 416.646.2120, x226

Annabel Wong Program Officer 416.646.2120, x230




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