Doctors without Borders’ Richard Heinzl to speak at Mount Allison, Jan. 14

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Dr. Richard Heinzl

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Mount Allison University will welcome Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of the first North American chapter of Doctors without Borders, to deliver a public lecture entitled Lessons from Abroad: The opportunities from a borderless world, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Heinzl is the third speaker in the President’s Speakers Series, celebrating the Year of Global Engagement at Mount Allison University.

“We are pleased to welcome Richard Heinzl to Mount Allison,” says Frank Strain, economics professor and chair of the speaker series committee for the Year of Global Engagement. “It is a timely and important event at a campus with one of the first and most involved Global Brigades chapters in North America. I know his talk will be inspirational for many of our students who wish to pursue their studies in the medical field and work internationally.”


“I am thrilled to be coming to Mount Allison,” says Heinzl. “No matter what career path you’re on, it is more relevant than ever for students to think beyond their borders and understand how connected we all are. I look forward to challenging them to be creative and to make the world a better place.”

Heinzl is a medical doctor from Hamilton, Ont. In 1988 he founded the Canadian chapter of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Prize winning humanitarian medical relief organization. His travels and work have taken him to over 70 countries, including Cambodia, Iraq, and Mozambique where he worked as a Doctors Without Borders volunteer. After undergraduate training at the U of T, Heinzl studied medicine at McMaster University and later completed graduate degrees related to international health at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. He is a recipient of the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 Award and holds an honorary doctorate from McMaster.

The Year of Global Engagement will see many events and initiatives at Mount Allison, including public lectures by Harvard law scholar and New York Times Magazine writer, Noah Feldman; human rights advocate, journalist, author Sally Armstrong; and Jennifer Welsh, University of Oxford professor, co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, and Canada Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General (March 24).

Visit www.mta.ca/pss for more details and updates.

Organizations: Mount Allison University, North American, Speakers Series Doctors Without Borders University of Oxford McMaster University Harvard University New York Times Magazine Oxford Institute for Ethics UN

Geographic location: Mount Allison, North America, Cambodia Iraq Mozambique

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