Alison Loat

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy





Alison is the co-founder and former executive director of Samara, a non-partisan charitable organization that improves political participation in Canada through research and educational activities. She is also the author the #1 best-selling book Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy, published by Random House Canada in 2014.

Alison is also a fellow and former instructor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto. For her public service work, Alison received the Public Policy Forum’s Youth Leaders Award and the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals. She was named one of the WXN 100 Top Women in Canada in 2013 and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2014. She also worked at McKinsey & Company, the Government of Canada, the MaRS Discovery District and was a founder of Canada25.She has degrees from Queen’s University and the Harvard Kennedy School and enjoys reading, curling and going places she’s never been.

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