Alison Loat is an executive, management consultant and entrepreneur with experience in senior leadership positions in the private, non-profit and university sectors. She is the co-founder and was the first executive director of Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity that works to build better politics and improve democratic participation. At Samara, Alison led all strategy, business planning, resource development, team building and operations. She is also the co-author of the #1 best-selling book Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy (Random House, 2014).
Alison’s career began at McKinsey & Company, where she led teams that developed strategies for businesses and governments in Europe and North America, with a focus on healthcare and financial services. She later served as the acting chief marketing officer at APS, a venture-backed healthcare technology company where she helped build an analytics-based marketing and lead generation function.
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 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.
Alison received several awards for her public service leadership, including the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, where she co-leads a disability rights initiative, and was named one of the WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She has degrees from Queen’s University (BAH) and the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP).