Shelley Ambrose

Kim Samuel

Founder, Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness

Kim Samuel is an educator, researcher, and advocate working to address challenges of social isolation around the world. As Professor of Practice at McGill University, she launched a first-of-its-kind course in the study of belonging and social connectedness. As a Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, she engaged in pioneering research on fostering social connection. And, as Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, she has supported the work of grassroots leaders and organized two global symposia on overcoming social isolation. Kim plays an active research and programming role with Special Olympics International, which promotes inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, the Human Rights Watch Disability Rights Division, Synergos Institute, and other leading NGOs. She is a regular commentator for publications including the The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and Huffington Post and has lectured widely at academic institutions, including Harvard Law School and Oxford University's Department of International Development. She is currently writing a book on the work of building belonging in the 21st Century, which prominently features programs and policies that are fostering belonging for people with disabilities.