Doctor of Civil Law
Dr. Nutt holds undergraduate degrees in arts and science as well as a Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University. She earned an MSc in Public Health in Developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (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. Samantha Nutt is the Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, an award-winning charity that provides humanitarian assistance to war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions in the world. Founded in 1999, War Child Canada provides opportunities and long term solutions for children affected by war, focusing on education, strengthening children’s rights, reducing poverty and fostering self-reliance.
In addition to War child Canada, Samantha Nutt has worked with the United Nations and non-government organizations in some of the world’s most violent flashpoints, including Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Iraq, Burundi, Uganda, and the Thai-Burmese border. Over the course of her professional career, Dr. 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 has been widely recognized. Among other honours, Dr. Nutt is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (Globe and Mail) and was designated by Time Magazine as one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists. She has been featured by Difference, and Global TV has declared her a National Trailblazer. CBC News has profiled her as a Canadian Leader, and most recently, she was chosen as one of 200 Young Global Leaders in the world by the world Economic Forum.
Dr. Nutt has written for Maclean’s Magazine covering war-related issues is a published author and frequently appears on television and radio as an expert commentator on war and human rights issues. She is also a highly sought after keynote speaker, who inspires others to make a difference.
Dr. Nutt is 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.
The honorary degree from Saint Mary’s recognizes Dr. Nutt’s commitment to global peace, human rights and social justice.