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Keynote Speaker

We are proud to announce the keynote speaker for VMUN 2017: Dr. Samantha Nutt! Read all about her story in the following biography:


One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Samantha Nutt, is a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child. 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.

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