Faculty of Health Sciences

2016 FHS Distinguished Lecture

Samantha Nutt Lecture

The 9th FHS Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Samantha Nutt, the founder and executive director of War Child Canada, who will examine global health from a variety of angles and provide insight into how challenges faced around the world also have impact close to home.

Event Details


Tuesday, March 22, 2016
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40
(See Map)


No tickets are required.

About Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt headshot

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.


Sign Language

A sign language interpreter will be on site to make the presentation accessible for guests with a hearing impairment.

Mobility Needs

For guests with mobility concerns (ie. wheelchair, walker), the venue is completely accessible. Parking information is available below.

For other accessibility-related inquiries, please contact:
fhsdo@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 x84249

Book Signing

Damned Nations Cover

Damned Nations is the brilliant distillation of Dr. Nutt’s observations over the course of fifteen years providing hands-on care in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints.

Book Signing

Copies of Damned Nations will be available for purchase before and after the presentation. Dr. Nutt will sign a limited number of copies after the event in the lobby.


Free parking for the event is available a lot located to the south (South Valley) of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building. Refer to the map below.

Accessible parking is available in the lot located to the north (Pay and Park) of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building.

Additional Information

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The FHS Distinguished Lecture Series

Since its inception in 2006, the Faculty of Health Sciences Distinguished Lecture has brought some of Canada's most respected researchers, policy makers and health advocates to Western University. A complete listing of previous FHS Distinguished Lecturers is available here.