Kim Samuel

Director, The Samuel Group

Educator, researcher and advocate working to address challenges of social isolation around the world. 2015-19, Professor of Practice, McGill University, launched a first-of-its-kind course in the study of belonging and social connectedness. 2014, Visiting Scholar, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, engaged in research on fostering social connection. Chair and Founder, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, has supported the work of grassroots leaders and organized three global symposia on overcoming social isolation, latterly held in Toronto in October 2019, bringing together 150 community activists, policy-makers, researchers and youth to outline new strategies for building belonging. Chair and President, Samuel Family Foundation, plays an active programming role with Special Olympics International, Synergos Institute, TakingITGlobal, and other leading NGOs. Director, Samuel Group of Companies, a Canadian family business founded in 1855 comprising operations across North America engaged in the processing, manufacturing and distribution of steel and other metals. Commentator for publications including the Globe and Mail, Medium, the Walrus, and Huffington Post. Has lectured at academic institutions, including Harvard Law School and Oxford University’s Department of International Development. Author of book on the work of building belonging in the 21st Century (forthcoming).