Alison Loat is the co-founder and the first Executive Director of Samara, a non-partisan charitable organization that works to improve political participation in Canada. Samara was formed out of a belief in the importance of public service and public leadership, and their research and educational programming began with the initiation of Canada's first-ever series of exit interviews with 65 former Members of Parliament. Alison is the co-author of Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy, published in April 2014. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and co-founded Canada25, an organization that successfully involved thousands of Canadians under 35 in the development of public policy. For her public service work with Canada25, she was chosen as one of Canada's Top 25 under 30 by Maclean's magazine and in 2005 she received the Public Policy Forum Young Leaders Award. Alison attended Ridley from 1988 to 1994 and she is a graduate of Queen's University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was a member of the Premier of Ontario’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel and served on the board of the Banff Forum. She was also a fellow and instructor at the University of Toronto from 2007-2014 and served as the past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, a director of the Toronto Community Foundation and a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Alumni Board. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named one of the WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2013. She served as the Managing Director of FCLTGlobal, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging long-term behaviours in business and investment decision-making. In 2019, she was appointed Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation at OP Trust which invests and manages one of Canada’s largest pension funds administering the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Pension Plan. She is also a board director at Ai-Media, an Australian technology company, where she assists with their North American expansion.