Samantha Nutt

Speaker


Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada

One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is a speaker who is constantly in demand. For over 15 years, she has been at the front lines of many of the world’s major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Darfur. These experiences have given her unique insights into the brutality of modern conflict: why it begins, what sustains it, and what must be done to prevent children being held in its terrifying grip.

In addition to overseeing War Child Canada, Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the author of the bestselling book Damned Nations, a distillation of her observations from providing hands-on care in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints.

Dr. Nutt  is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC’s The National, and her written work  has been published by The Globe and  Mail, The National Post, Maclean’s magazine, Reuters, The  Ottawa Citizen and  The  Huffington Post, among  many  others. She has also  appeared in Time, Chatelaine, and More magazines, and on CTV National News, Global TV News, NBC Nightly News and BBC World News  Service, to name just a few.

Dr. Nutt was named one of Canada’s “25 most influential figures” by The Globe and Mail; one of “Canada’s Five Leading Activists” by Time magazine; and one of “200 young global leaders” by the World Economic Forum. She was awarded the “Order of Ontario” in 2010, and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.

A summa cum laude graduate of McMaster University, Dr. Nutt earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from  the  University of  London, 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 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 numerous honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A. She is also a Senior  Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Dr. Samantha Nutt est un médecin ayant plus de dix ans d’expériences du travail dans les zones de guerre.  Elle a soigné des enfants dans certains des endroits les plus dangereux du monde; elle a notamment travaillé avec War Child Canada, les Nations Unies et des organismes non gouvernementaux en Iraq, en Afghanistan, à la République démocratique du Congo, au Libéria, en Sierra Leone, en Somalie, au Burundi, dans le Nord de l’Ouganda et à la frontière de la Thaïlande et du Myanmar.

Spécialiste de la santé maternelle et infantile dans les zones de conflits armés, de la médecine familiale, de la santé publique, de la santé des réfugiés et de la santé de la femme, Mme Nutt travaille également pour le Centre des sciences de la santé de l’hôpital Sunnybrook et occupe un poste de professeur adjoint au sein de la faculté de médecine familiale et communautaire de l’Université de Toronto.

Mme Nutt a été choisie par le magazine Maclean’s dans le cadre de son palmarès des douze personnalités canadiennes jouant un rôle décisif dans la société.  La revue Time l’a décrite comme l’une des cinq principales activistes du Canada et CBC News Sunday l’a récemment qualifiée de chef de file du Canada au chapitre du leadership.


Conflicted? The World of War

This presentation takes a compelling look at the impact of war around the world–the truth, the lies, and the reality on the ground (what you won’t read in the headlines)–and what can be done about it. Dr. Nutt takes you on a journey to war zones around the world, telling personal stories of both triumph and hardship, and what one person can do to really make a difference.

Leadership

Leaders have strength, courage, and conviction. Were they born with these illusive qualities, alongside a perfect balance of knowledge and charisma, or have they simply learned to communicate their experience and ideas more effectively than the rest of us? Leaders encourage us to inspire, to think, and to demand more of ourselves and of our society. They connect us to something larger than ourselves. But is leadership just ingrained in certain people, or can it be acquired? Can we all be leaders?

In this presentation, Dr. Nutt looks at the meaning and significance of leadership. She maps out ways in which we can all be more effective leaders – in the world and in the workplace – because the capacity to lead exists in each and every one of us.

Why the World Needs More Lawyers

Geared towards lawyers, civil society organizations and justice advocates, this presentation explores the importance of the rule of law and access to justice in promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world. Nutt talks about her experiences developing and promoting access to justice programs that strengthen the rights of women and children, with a view to tackling the climate of impunity that exists in many corners of the world. She explains why the rule of law and its champions can and must be the next frontier of international humanitarian assistance.

When Women Lead

A popular choice for International Women’s Day and other events celebrating women’s leadership, this presentation combines humour and personal reflections on women in the 21st century and why the women’s movement is unfinished everywhere. Nutt’s often satirical take on hot topics such as “Lean In” and whether “women can have it all” offers an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining examination of the challenges women still face in the world and how women (and men) can advocate for change. This presentation is also suitable for businesses and other groups looking to promote diversity and strengthen gender equality at the senior management and executive levels, as well as on Boards.

Corporate Governance

Doing the “right” thing in business isn’t without its ambiguities, or even its liabilities. When do ethical screens trump financial considerations? How are these assessments weighted and what matters to shareholders? Will you be in breach of your fiduciary duty if you prioritize human rights over hard math? What is your legal obligation either way?

In this thought-provoking presentation geared to investors, asset managers, and business leaders, Nutt reflects on the changing ethical and fiduciary responsibilities facing businesses, and the meaning of governance and risk at a time of growing consumer activism and evolving international legislation. She examines the true meaning of transparency and corporate social responsibility, and makes the case for why businesses willing to embrace these changes will land on top.

Taking Your Vision To Action

Doing the “right” thing in business isn’t without its ambiguities, or even its liabilities. When do ethical screens trump financial considerations? How are these assessments weighted and what matters to shareholders? Will you be in breach of your fiduciary duty if you prioritize human rights over hard math? What is your legal obligation either way?

In this thought-provoking presentation geared to investors, asset managers, and business leaders, Nutt reflects on the changing ethical and fiduciary responsibilities facing businesses, and the meaning of governance and risk at a time of growing consumer activism and evolving international legislation. She examines the true meaning of transparency and corporate social responsibility, and makes the case for why businesses willing to embrace these changes will land on top.

When Local is Global

Our world is accelerating, and our communities are colliding, not always for the better. Whether it is the terrible garment factory fires in Bangladesh, the diamonds on our fingers, the components in our cell phones, the profits in our pensions, or the environmental wreckage – such as the Gulf oil spill – associated with our energy needs, our interdependence means that we need to frame the questions differently. How do I get it cheaper, and faster and better, must also be accompanied by questions of how do we get it right? And answering that question is a lifelong pursuit.

In this 45 minute presentation, Nutt examines our obligations to the wider world: How do we impact on it, and how does it impact on us? What do we know, and what do we need to learn?

 

What Not To Give (The Art of Philanthropy)

Don’t give to charity; give to change. This is Nutt’s overarching message in a dynamic and thought-provoking presentation about philanthropy – what works, and what doesn’t. Geared to general audiences who want to know how to really make a global difference, this presentation challenges popular thinking around what it means to give and why good intentions don’t guarantee good outcomes.

Nutt outlines practical solutions and recommendations for those looking to make the most of their philanthropic efforts. Ideal for groups looking for a mix of inspiration and information in the lead-up to the holidays, this presentation is also suitable at other times of the year for those interested in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

Global Health

Many health professionals and associations are engaged in “global health” work. But is this effective? And how can they really have an impact? In this compelling presentation, Nutt reflects on the twenty years she has spent advancing the cause of global health, the lessons she has learned, and the role that health practitioners can really play in promoting a healthier and safer world. This presentation is ideal for medical audiences, as well as hospitals, medical and nursing schools.

Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid

This presentation explores some of the concepts and themes in Nutt’s #1 bestselling book, Damned Nations. Suitable for audiences looking to understand more about current and international affairs, this gripping keynote is a valuable introduction to the challenges and opportunities facing our world.

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