A Man of the World: Our Meeting with Nigel Fisher


A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to meet with Nigel Fisher, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations who has experience in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones such as Rwanda, Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq and the West Bank/Gaza Strip. Mr. Fisher has negotiated with warlords and rebel groups, and has dedicated his life to humanitarian efforts and civilian protection. He has received the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada.

We were all excited to hear that Mr. Fisher was also a former student of political science, and studied with Dr. Jacek at McMaster!

Mr. Fisher was kind enough to tell us about his experiences working in these sensitive areas, and constantly moving around in an effort to make the world a better place. We discussed the role of Canada in the United Nations and on the world stage, and Mr. Fisher shared his perspectives on current events in Syria and Afghanistan based on his wealth of experience.

After failing to retire several times, Mr. Fisher settled in Saltspring Island, BC, and now works with Allied BioScience, which focuses on developing innovative solutions to health issues across the world.

The film buffs among us were excited to hear that Mr. Fisher will appear in two scenes in Sean Penn’s upcoming movie staring Charlize Theron. It turns out that Mr. Fisher and Mr. Penn met while working together in Haiti after the earthquake of 2010, and have since become friends.

Mr. Fisher stressed to us the importance of remaining positive in stressful and difficult circumstances. We were inspired and excited to hear about his work, and his vision for the future of humanitarianism across the globe. We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Fisher for taking the time to speak with us, and we thank him for all his incredible contributions.


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