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Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada

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Dr. Samantha Nutt (Sam) is a medical doctor with more than fifteen years of experience working in war zones.  Committed to peace, human rights and social justice, she has worked in some of the world's most violent flashpoints with War Child Canada, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border. 

Over the course of her professional career and as the Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, Nutt has spearheaded efforts to provide direct humanitarian support and long term programming to war-affected children and their families, and to promote greater awareness in Canada concerning the rights of children everywhere.  

Dr. Nutt’s work on behalf of war-affected communities around the world has been widely recognized.  She is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award (Globe and Mail).  She was designated by Time Magazine as one of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists.”  CBC News has profiled her as a “Canadian leader.”  CTV National News has declared her a “Canadian Success Story” and Maclean’s Magazine featured her in their annual Honour Roll as one of “Twelve Canadians Making a Difference.”  Global TV has declared her a “National Trailblazer.”  Chatelaine Magazine has named her one of “Twelve Canadian Women Who Should Run for Politics”.  She has been described by Hello Magazine as one of “Canada’s Top Ten Outstanding Women,” and has been featured as a guest on CBC Television’s The Hour. Nutt was chosen as Personnalité De La Semaine by La Presse and CBC Radio Canada, and as one of 200 Young Global Leaders in the world by the World Economic Forum.  The Globe and Mail has profiled her as a nominee for Nation Builder of the Year, and she has also been honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Most recently, Dr. Nutt received the Order of Ontario, the highest official honour in the province of Ontario. 

Dr. Nutt has written for Maclean’s Magazine covering war-related issues, is a published author and frequently appears on Canadian television and radio as an expert commentator on war and human rights issues.  She is also a highly sought after keynote speaker on the impact of war, human rights, social justice and on public engagement in global issues, inspiring others to make a difference.  She writes and is featured in online segments for Discovery Chanel and is also an on-air panelist in the 2010 CBC Radio Canada Reads.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University, earned an MSc with distinction from London University, and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice (CCFP) and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Nutt is the recipient of several honourary doctorates from universities in Canada and the USA.  In May 2011, she was honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada.

Dr. Nutt is bilingual, and is also on staff at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Her much-anticipated book, Damned Nations, reflects on her 15 years in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints and is scheduled for release in October 2011.

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Dr. Samantha Nutt can speak to a variety of inspirational topics that are customizable to your corporation or audience. Topics include the following: Leadership Matters: What it means to be a global citizen in an interconnected world Taking Your Vision to Action Corporate Social Responsibility: What does it really mean and how can you achieve it? Humanitarianism and Aid: How to promote a more equitable world. Global Health: When prevention is worth even more than the cure. More than a Paycheque: The meaningful career path. Creating a Groundswell: Fostering movements and achieving social change.

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