Alison Loat is the co-founder of Samara and was the executive director from 2008-2015, where she led 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. Samara’s work was used to develop federal legislation on democratic reform, improve politics curricula, the orientation of newly elected MPs and initiatives to improve citizens’ participation in politics.
Prior to founding Samara, Alison was an engagement manager 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 also taught at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.
Alison is an active volunteer. She has served as the president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, has been a director of the Toronto Foundation and is currently on the Banff Forum board. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Harvard Kennedy School, and has received several awards for public service leadership, including the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.