Alison Loat ’94
Alison Loat ’94 is the Co-Founder and Executive Director (2008-2015) 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. She was also an associate fellow and instructor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto from 2007-2014. Alison is a member of the Premier of Ontario’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel, and is on the board of the Banff Forum. She 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. Alison has degrees from Queen’s University (BAH) and the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP).
Yanick Pagé ‘84
Yanick Pagé is a Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice-President of National Bank Financial Wealth Management (1990 to present); a National Bank of Canada company, working to meet the financial life goals of families and investors across Canada. Yanick has worked in the investment industry for his entire career. Previous experience includes being a Portfolio Manager for estates, trusts and court-appointed accounts at General Trust of Canada (1987-1990). Today, the Pagé/Lamontagne Advisory Group manages the accumulated wealth of prominent families in Quebec and is recognized as a significant team in the industry. Yanick was a Board of Governor Member (1998-2002) for the University of Moncton, where he acted as Chair of the Investment Committee from 2000 to 2006. He has also been involved in charities; serving on the Revenue Committee of United Way/Centraide for six years. Yanick has a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from Bishop’s University. He is keenly interested in skiing, travelling and wine tasting, among other things.