An Evening with James Orbinski – July 11, 2013

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is thrilled to present an intimate and very special night with humanitarian, global physician, writer, and (as head of MSF) Nobel-Prize winner Dr. James Orbinski.

Proceeds from the evening will support the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.


Join us for a once in a lifetime evening of cocktails, canapes, and conversation at one of Queen Street West’s finest restaurants Epicure Cafe and Grill with the remarkable Dr. James Orbinski.

You will have an opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Orbinski. You will also receive a hand-signed copy of Dr. Orbinski’s most recent book “An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century.” This one-time and intimate event has a very limited capacity, and we expect tickets to sell out.

 Ticket Information

The tickets you purchase for this event will support the vital environmental work of CAPE’s charitable wing (CHEER) and you will receive a tax receipt for the donated portion of your ticket. Please purchase your tickets online through this site, or call the CAPE office (416-306-2273) to discuss other payment options.



The Epicure Cafe and Grill is located right downtown at 502 Queen St. W., between Bathurst and Spadina. The Epicure is accessible by public transit, bike, or car, and there are parking lots below the Loblaws on Portland, as well as off Augusta Avenue. There is also street parking available.


Dr. James Orbinski Bio

Dr. James Orbinski is the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Chair in Global Health at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. James is a globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, as well as a leading scholar in global health.

After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), James was elected MSF’s international president from 1998 to 2001. In 1999, he launched MSF’s Access to Essential Medicines Campaign and in that same year, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF for its pioneering approach to medical humanitarianism, particularly for its approach to witnessing. James worked as MSF’s Head of Mission in Goma, Zaire in 1996–1997, during the refugee crisis. He was MSF’s Head of Mission in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide and MSF’s medical co-coordinator in Jalalabad, Afghanistan during the winter of 1994. He was MSF’s medical co-coordinator in Baidoa, Somalia during the civil war and famine of 1992–1993. James’s first MSF mission was in Peru in 1992. For his medical humanitarian leadership in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, Canada’s highest civilian award.

From 2001 to 2004, James co-chaired MSF’s Neglected Diseases Working Group, responsible for launching the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative. In 2004, he became a research scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and an associate professor of both medicine and political science at the University of Toronto. In 2006, one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, recognized one of Orbinski’s co-authored papers on HIV/AIDS treatment adherence as among the 20 most significant medical research papers in the world. Another of his co-authored papers, which appeared in The Lancet in 2002, is recognized as “one of the most important scholarly articles that shaped scholarship in the field of global health in the post Second World War years.”

In 2004, he co-founded Dignitas International, an interdisciplinary academic non-governmental organization that is now a leading medical humanitarian organization in the development of solutions for global health.

Triage, James’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed documentary film on medical humanitarianism, was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and won the 2008 Amnesty International Gold Medal Award. In 2011, Triage was incorporated into the “War and Medicine” exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada. Released internationally in 2008, Orbinski’s bestselling book, An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarianism in the Twenty-First Century has been translated into five languages. It won the 2009 Writer’s Trust Shaunessy-Cohen Prize for best political writing in Canada, was one of five books nominated for the 2008 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award in non-fiction and was one of National Public Radio’s 2008 top five political and current affairs books in the United States.

As of 2010, James is a member of the Order of Ontario, and an Officer of the Order of Canada, designations that recognize his achievements and ongoing commitment to excellence in humanitarianism and global health. In 2011, he received The Canadian Bar Association’s Walter S. Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award. He is also recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Award for Excellence, given by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.


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