About Our Members

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The Members of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada are part of a select group of exceptional Canadians who have triumphed over adversity and who encourage young people to pursue their dreams through higher education.

Horatio Alger Members have experienced a wide spectrum of what life can offer. Similar to characters in stories by Horatio Alger, Jr., Association Members traditionally have started life in “humble” or economically challenging circumstances. In spite of this early adversity, or many would say because of it, they have worked with great diligence to achieve success and the fulfillment of their dreams.

Members represent all walks of life and have made outstanding contributions in the fields of science, medicine, business, entertainment, athletics, law and jurisprudence, religion, education and the arts. They are dedicated community leaders with diverse professional backgrounds who demonstrate individual initiative and a commitment to excellence as exemplified by remarkable achievements accomplished through honesty, hard work, self-reliance and perseverance over adversity.

Member Profiles

Peter Gilgan

Chairman & CEO Mattamy Group Corp.

“Run toward the fire — don’t run away from the fire. Hit it head on.”

Jim Treliving

Chairman and Founder, Boston Pizza International

“We’re put on this earth for more than just earning a living and enjoying life. I think you have help people.”

Ryan Reynolds

Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur

“If you do things with genuine enthusiasm, and I don’t believe that you can make anything good in this world without enthusiasm, and people feel that from you, and it’s genuine, I think things tend to work a little bit better.”

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