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On the Front Lines of Humanitarianism

The Profound Insights Gained from Being Kidnapped

Join us for lunch on Wednesday, January 8 to hear from U of T Engineering alumnus and aid worker Steve Dennis (CivE 9T9).

On June 29, 2012, he and and three colleagues were kidnapped in a brazen attack at the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya and marched to Somalia before being rescued three days later.


Steve Dennis
Steve Dennis (CivE 9T9)

After 10 years of working closely with and for populations in dire need, Steve now had a personal understanding of what it meant to be vulnerable and dependent on other people's assistance. Steve will recount his abduction with the focus on three profound insights he gained.

Since 2002, Steve has been a humanitarian aid worker with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Chad and Kenya, and with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Kenya. Besides his U of T Civil Engineering degree, he holds a master's degree in international relations and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Time: 12:00 – 2:45 pm
Place: The Toronto Plaza Hotel
1677 Wilson Avenue, North York, ON M3L 1A5
View a map of the hotel location
Cost: $30

Register online for this event and future Skule Lunch & Learn offerings.

Save the Date for Our Next Skule Lunch & Learn Event:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Engineering Pedagogy: The Flexible Classroom
with Professor Susan McCahan (MechE), Vice Dean Undergraduate

Hosted by the Class of 5T3, the Skule Lunch and Learn Series offers alumni the opportunity to gather on the second Wednesday of each month and find out more about U of T Engineering and the broader world. See a list of past speakers, and learn more about the series and its history.

For more information, please contact Tom Vosper at 416-946-0566 or



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