Kim Samuel

Chair and President, Samuel Family Foundation; Director, The Samuel Group

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. Chair and President, Samuel Family Foundation, focused on building community-driven, collaborative partnerships in support of marginalized persons facing diverse challenges worldwide. Founder, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), a non-profit organization catalysing innovative strategies to build connectedness within and between communities research, programming, learning initiatives and advocacy. Professor of Practice, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Pioneer in the field of social connectedness and its significance to inclusive policy development on a global scale. 2016, designed and delivered the first academic course in this emerging field to graduating students in international studies at McGill and taught a new cohort in 2017. Also created the Social Connectedness Fellowship Program in 2017, which offers recent undergraduates the opportunity to pursue projects related to social isolation and connectedness in the context of community building and international development. 2014 and 2016, convened the Global Symposium on Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness, a gathering of over 100 leading thinkers, activists and community leaders from over 40 countries.