Event Details

WPA Event Details Schedule


DATE: November 22, 2022


6:00pm - 7:30pm - Cocktail Reception

7:30pm - 10:30pm - Awards Ceremony and Dinner Banquet

10:30pm onwards - Post-Party Celebration

ATTIRE: Formal (tuxedo/business suit/long gown/cocktail dress)

PARKING: The venue offers complimentary parking you will be directed to the parking lot on arrival



Arisa Cox


Arisa Cox

Host and Executive Producer, Big Brother Canada

Arisa Cox is a popular Canadian television personality best known as the host and executive producer of Big Brother Canada. It has earned her three Canadian Screen Award nominations and the respect of fans across Canada for her love of game theory and as a champion of equity in reality television.

Cox began her career as a local TV news reporter in Ottawa at 21, while studying at Carleton University's prestigious journalism program — which also earned her a Harry Jerome Award for academics. From there, Cox continued her career in television on both sides of the camera. Past highlights include starring in Canada’s first reality TV show, U8TV: The Lofters; hosting E! Canada with shoots and specials around the world; covering Arts and Entertainment for CBC’s The National; appearing in the Disney Channel original movie Camp Rock 2; hosting a popular morning radio show in Edmonton; and appearing in Netflix's Christmas with a View and Global’s hit series Private Eyes.

Along with hosting Big Brother Canada, Cox has also covered The Grammys, The Oscars, the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, and Survivor for ET Canada in Fiji and LA. She’s also hosted live events including the Canadian Screen Awards Gala, the Banff World Media Festival, Directors' Guild of Canada Awards, and many charity events. In 2022, Cox won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Host, Live Entertainment Special, for co-hosting TVO’s televised New Year’s Eve special, From Ontario with Live: A Celebration of Hope, alongside Andrew Phung.



Dr. Samantha Nutt

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Global Humanitarian, Founder of War Child & Public Health Specialist

Dr. Samantha Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs and public health panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC TV NEWS “The National”, and has appeared on the popular podcast, “Great Minds” with Advertising Week Global CEO Matt Scheckner. She has also been featured in Town & Country Magazine, AP News, Time Magazine, The Epoch Times (New York), More Magazine and on NBC Nightly News, BBC World News Service, America’s Radio News Network, NPR, CTV Power Play, CTV National News, Global TV News, and CBC Radio, to name just a few.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Nutt’s work has focused on public health as the science of prevention. In 2020, she spearheaded the Emergency Coalition of Canadian Charities to continue supporting vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been asked by schools, sports franchises and other organizations to provide guidance and advice to them and to their employees around COVID and to review their infection control strategies. Her expertise has been shared on CBC NEWS The National’s “Beyond Our Borders Panel: Covid-19”, as well as a number of other interviews and Q&A’s.

Dr. Nutt’s written work has been published by TED Ideas, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, The Huffington Post, and other publications. Her critically acclaimed book Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid, a bracing and uncompromising account of her work in some of the most devastated regions of the world, was the #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.

Named one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and Canada’s Five Leading Activists by Time Magazine, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011 for her contributions in improving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones.

Dr. Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned a M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar. Dr. Nutt is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A.

Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.



Devah Quartet


Devah Quartet

Dévah recently released their third album Prometheus, just on the heels of their second album 2112, which features a full length instrumental tribute to Canadian icon RUSH's suite of the same name. Prometheus has been featured in various Prog Rock journals and podcasts, and 2112 was featured in the UK magazine PROG (Dévah’s second write up in this publication). Dévah’s tribute to Rush’s 2112 led to being invited to perform at A Night for Neil, the tribute event held for Rush drummer Neil Peart.

A multi-genre (note: not cross-genre) string quartet, Dévah has held residencies at the University of Toronto’s New Music Festival performing works on both acoustic and electric instruments, and at San Jacinto College in Texas as visiting artists, where they provide masterclasses and composer workshops with both sets of instruments.

Dévah’s notable performances include Canada Day at Yonge and Dundas Square (twice), the countdown launch for the Pan Am Games, and featured guest artists at Interprovincial Music Camp’s CAMP ROCK. When in Progressive Rock mode, Dévah performs high energy sets on electric instruments with effects pedals and wireless cables, enabling them to encourage interaction with the audience through movement. Dévah Quartet’s shows are performed by memory and backed by a drummer, and at times accompanied by a projection artist.

No stranger to multi-disciplinary collaboration, Dévah has performed live with dancers, including Toronto’s A2D2 Aerial Dancers, and a special collaboration with ballet dancers for the Kubrick: A Clockwork Orange installation party for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Classically trained, Dévah Quartet’s members are active principal players in Toronto-based ensembles. Violinist Emily Hau is Principal Second of Sinfonia Toronto, violinist Sharon Lee is Concertmaster of Toronto Concert Orchestra, cellist Liza McLellan was cellist of Quartetto Gelato for nine years, violist Moira Burke plays for Mirvish productions.

Dévah Quartet became Yamaha Canada Artists in 2011, and D’Addario Canada Artists in 2013.



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