Creating the Space to Be Human Join the extraordinary journey of Dr. James as he travels the world in a quest to discover how we can become more “human.” He argues passionately that we must find a way to become more human in our increasingly small, global community. He promotes active and engaged citizenship, accountability for our actions and inactions, and the value of bearing witness and speaking out. He challenges audiences to consider what we permit ourselves, our community and our country to do when we keep quiet about atrocities, large or small. An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century Dr. Orbinski explores the nature of humanitarian action and asserts that we all recognize that those people who have been failed by our systems, are humans with rights, and wishes and needs, who deserve our help and our compassion. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontiers – The Story Through his numerous roles with Médecins Sans Frontiers / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), including that of president, Dr. Orbinski has witnessed and served in some of the most tragic humanitarian crises the world has known: Somalia during the 1992-93 civil war and famine; Afghanistan in 1994; Rwanda during the genocide of 1994; and Goma, Zaire in 1996-97 during the refugee crisis. In this presentation Dr. Orbinski looks at the founding of the organization. He shares his passion for actively engaging in and shaping the world in which we live to make it more humane, fair and just. On Leadership and Vision Dr. Orbinski led Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, ultimately accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization. In 2012, he was named Laurier’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. In this role, he continues to work to advance the health of people around the globe. In this presentation, Dr. Orbinski will draw on his decades of international humanitarian work to share the essence of what leadership means to him. Why What You Do and Who You Are Matters Fueled by seeing injustices round the world, from the failures in Rwanda, to the famine in Somalia and the war in Afghanistan, Dr. Orbinski shares the narrative of what he has seen and experienced, and how that inspired him to action. Confronted by pain, injustice, political and economic impasses, Dr. Orbinski had to make choices and delve within himself to define who he was as a man, a father, a husband, doctor and humanitarian. Choices may or may not be easy in difficult situations, but they must be made. He challenges to take on the responsibility to choose, to act and to be involved; in your own life and in the lives of others, to make the world a better place.
Royal College | Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award
Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation | Human Security Award
Order of Ontario
Officer | Order of Canada