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

Alain Bouchard

Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

“If you have a good attitude, keep your ego in check, and work hard at something you enjoy, you will be successful.”

Bharat Masrani

President & CEO, TD Bank Group

2022 Horatio Alger Award Winner — President & CEO, TD Bank Group "The secret sauce of success is a culture that is ...

Brian Mulroney

Former Prime Minister of Canada, Senior Partner Norton Rose OR

“We live in an era of instant gratification, but real success is not achieved overnight.”

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