Samantha Nutt

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Samantha Nutt
Samantha Nutt reading at Canada Reads
Born October 1969 (age 44)
Scarborough, Ontario
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Education Graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University, M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineUniversity of London, Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Known for Best-selling author, Physician, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada/ War Child USA
Spouse(s) Eric Hoskins
Children Michael

Samantha Joan Nutt, CM, OOnt, FRCPC, CCFP (born October 1969), is founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada. She is a physician with more than sixteen years of experience working in war zones. Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, acclaimed public speaker and best-selling author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid published by McClelland & Stewart in October 2011. She is a leading authority on the impact of war on civilians.

Since the beginning of her career, Nutt has focused on providing assistance to war-affected women and children. She is the Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada/War Child USA and has worked with the United Nations and several other non-governmental organizations. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world's major crises including Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Darfur, South Sudan, Burundi, northern Uganda, Ethiopia and the Thai-Burmese border.[1]

In addition to her position at War Child Canada, Nutt is also 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. She is also on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation. She is married to Ontario's Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Eric Hoskins.[1]


Nutt graduated from McMaster University's Arts & Science Program. Subsequently, she received her MD degree from the same university. She also earned an MSc degree with distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 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. In addition, as a practising family physician, she is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and is certified by the College of Family Medicine.

Nutt has received honorary doctorates from universities across Canada and in the U.S.A, including Niagara University, Brock University (Doctor of Humane Letters), Nova South Western University in Florida, McMaster University (Doctor of Laws), University of Lethbridge, St Mary's University in Halifax, University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. Most recently, in 2011, Nutt received additional honorary doctorates from Mount Saint Vincent University and York University(Doctor of Laws).

Nutt's best-selling and critically acclaimed book, Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released on October 25, 2011. The book details Nutt's work over the course of fifteen years in some of the most devastated regions of the world.


Nutt’s work on behalf of war-affected communities around the world has been widely recognized. As one of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena she has received several awards. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada "for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones, notably as a founder of War Child Canada.".[2] She has been named one of "Canada’s Top 40 under 40" award from the Globe and Mail. Time Magazine called her one of "Canada’s Five Leading Activists". Most recently, she was chosen as "Personnalité De La Semaine" by La Presse and was chosen as one of "200 Young Global Leaders" in the world by the World Economic Forum.[1] In 2010, Nutt was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the highest official honour in the province of Ontario.[3] In the same year, Nutt was recognized as one of the 25 Transformational Canadians as part of a program run by the Globe and Mail, CTV and Cyberpresse to celebrate Canadians who have sought to make a difference.[4] In 2012, she was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[5]

Activities outside of War Child Canada[edit]

Nutt has written for Maclean’s Magazine and The Globe and Mail covering human rights, foreign policy and war-related issues. She is a best-selling author and frequently appears on leading television and radio networks in both Canada and the U.S.A as an expert commentator on war and human rights issues. Of particular note is her participation as a regular member of The National's "Turning Point" panel.[6] She is also a highly sought after keynote speaker on the impact of war, human rights, social justice and on public engagement in global issues.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d National Speakers Bureau. Samantha Nutt: Founder of War Child Canada. [1]. Last Accessed August 17, 2009.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". June 30, 2011. 
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  4. ^ "Samantha Nutt, champion of children in war zones". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). November 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Diamond Jubilee Gala toasts exceptional Canadians". CBC. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
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