2023 Henry Marshall Tory Lecture

Social Innovation Showcase
Networking Forum

TELUS Centre, University of Alberta
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Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6 to 9:30 PM

5:45 PMDoors open for the Social Innovation Showcase
7:00 PMHenry Marshall Tory Lecture by Dr. Samantha Nutt
8:30 PMNetworking Forum

Leading Change in a Complex World

Dr. Samantha Nutt
Social innovator, physician, global affairs expert, and Founder & President, War Child Canada & War Child USA

Local and global events are creating increasing stress, polarization, and division. Can these be overcome? What will this take? In this dynamic keynote, bestselling author, medical doctor and award-winning humanitarian Samantha Nutt will reflect on the challenges she has faced addressing issues of global conflict across the length of her career (including building the international humanitarian organization War Child), the real changes she has witnessed and the opportunities to lead through even the most difficult circumstances. At once personal and informative, this presentation reflects on the meaning of leadership when solutions seem elusive, and the lessons Dr Nutt has learned from confronting some of the most difficult and complex humanitarian environments in the world.

Social Innovation Showcase:
Challenging the Status Quo

Supporting the public aims of academic scholarship, you’ll be surprised and uplifted by the community-grounded initiatives underway at U of A.

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of The Friends of the University of Alberta Society, we’re highlighting projects that are tackling complex issues in ways that hold promise and possibility. There’s reason for hope.

Join us, find out more, and talk to the people involved. The showcase and networking forum are a chance to engage in social innovation at a very different level.


Housing reimagined – Realizing the human right to adequate housing. Lead: Dr. J. Evans

New Canadians Health Centre – Refugee health reimagined: a principles-based model of care. Co-Leads: Dr. R. Gokiert, Ms. A. Velasquez.

Changing Society by Improving Children’s Reading Skills  –  Lead: Dr. G. Georgiou.

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities – Who’s listening to rural Canada? Bridging the rural/urban divide. Lead: Dr. C. Banack.

Food scarcity reimagined – moving beyond food charity to enable the capacity for people to feed themselves. Lead: Dr. Y. Chiu, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative.

Humanities 101 realizing the ‘public good’ – abundance thinking removing barriers to who gets to learn on and off campus. Lead: Ms. L. Prins.


Attend In Person
Telus Centre, 150 Lecture Theatre and Atrium
111 Street 87 Avenue NW Edmonton

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The Social Innovation Showcase & Networking Forum is sponsored by:

Chancellor and Senate
Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation)