Keynote Speaker

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Dr. Samantha Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs and public health panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC TV NEWS “The National”, and has appeared on the popular podcast, “Great Minds” with Advertising Week Global CEO Matt Scheckner. She has also been featured in Town & Country Magazine, AP News, Time Magazine, The Epoch Times (New York), More Magazine and on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service, America’s Radio News Network, NPR, CTV Power Play, CTV National News, Global TV News, and CBC Radio, to name just a few. 

For the past 25 years, Dr. Nutt’s work has focused on public health as the science of prevention. In 2020, she spearheaded the Emergency Coalition of Canadian Charities to continue supporting vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been asked by schools, sports franchises and other organizations to provide guidance and advice to them and to their employees around COVID and to review their infection control strategies. Her expertise has been shared on CBC NEWS The National’s “Beyond Our Borders Panel: Covid-19”, as well as a number of other interviews and Q&A’s.

Dr. Nutt’s written work has been published by TED Ideas, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, The Huffington Post, and other publications. Her critically acclaimed book Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated regions of the world, was the #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.

Named one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and Canada’s Five Leading Activists by Time Magazine, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011 for her contributions in improving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones.

Dr. Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned a 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.

Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.