[0][/0]Franca Gucciardi has dedicated her life to discovering and investing in young people of exceptional promise. She is the CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation, a national charitable organization that has invested more than $26 million in 2,300 young Canadians over the past 25 years. The foundation is best known for the Loran Awards, through which 30 young Canadians are chosen to receive the country’s largest and most comprehensive independent undergraduate award on the basis of character, service, and leadership potential.

Franca was one of the first Loran Scholars in 1990. Franca has served as CEO for 11 years, and she was chosen as one of the first Loran Scholars in 1990. Previously she brought her expertise to the public sector by designing and implementing the federal government’s Millennium Excellence Awards (1999 to 2004).

She is incoming Board chair of College Montrose Children’s Place and a director with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She served as vice-chair of the board of directors of Volunteer Canada. In 2013, she was one of 33 women named a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum and Women Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal.

Franca grew up in Sicily. She holds a BA from University of Waterloo in political science and French and an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She is a Certified Board Director and the recipient of the 2015 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance Award.