Stephen Cornish

Stephen Cornish is the executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. During more than ten years of field experience, Cornish managed several major MSF humanitarian interventions in contexts such as Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Georgia and Peru. He has successfully negotiated humanitarian access to vulnerable populations in conflict settings across the globe and has played a lead role resolving aid-worker abduction crises and other emergencies.

Cornish sat on MSF Canada's board of directors before serving as executive director. He also worked with the Canadian Red Cross as manager of programs for countries in armed conflict, and for CARE Canada as a policy and advocacy advisor. Currently, he is director of the board for Youth Challenge International, is an honorary director of Canadian Physicians for the Environment and is a member of the steering committee for Pathways to Peace, an international peace-building initiative in Afghanistan.

Cornish holds a master’s degree in global risk and crisis management from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris, and a post-graduate diploma in conflict resolution from the University of Bradford. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. His work has been published in academic and policy journals, including the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies and Policy Options. In Canada, he spurs public debate on pressing humanitarian issues as an opinion contributor to several national news outlets and through public speaking.

 

Recently published by Stephen Cornish

The global migration crisis will be a test of Canada's humanity: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish 
March23, 2017 — Published by MSF Canada and Huffington Post.
In a year of conflict and crisis, our humanitarian action made a lifesaving difference: A 2016 year-end message from Stephen Cornish 
December 19, 2016 — Published by MSF Canada and Huffington Post.
One year since the Kunduz attacks, medical care in conflict zones is under greater threat 
By Stephen Cornish and MSF Canada President Dr. Heather Culbert; October 3, 2016 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.
The Less-Told Migration Story and its Humanitarian Consequences 
A special report co-authored by MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish, Carol Devine and Sonal Marwah; September 19, 2016  — Published by MSF Canada.
A Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and malaria together: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on tackling the world's biggest killers 
September 16, 2016 — Originally published in Huffington Post.
World Refugee Day: The humanitarian consequences of restrictive migration policies 
June 20, 2016 — Originally published in Policy Options magazine.

From MSF Canada's executive director: We must uphold promises to global refugee community 
June 20, 2016 — Originally published by Huffington Post.

'This cannot continue': MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on why the UN — and Canada — must reaffirm that hospitals are #NotATarget
May 03, 2016 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.

Dying to Help: Recent events remind us that those who work to save the lives of others sometimes put their own at risk
Spring 2016 — From the Spring 2016 edition of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.

Amid hospital bombings, rules of war ring hollow: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on why civilians are #NotATarget
February 29, 2016 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.

Reasons for hope: A New Year's message from MSF Canada executive director Stephen Cornish
January 04, 2016 — Originally published by Huffington Post.

'Attacks on healthcare providers must stop': MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on the Kunduz bombings
October 08, 2015 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.
The Right to Flight: An open letter on #SafePassage to the leaders of Canada's political parties
September 29, 2015 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.
From our executive director: The people who risk their lives on the world's migration routes deserve our help
August 18, 2015 — Originally published as "A Call for Compassion" in the Summer 2015 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine.
'A job on this scale requires a coordinated global response': Stephen Cornish on Ebola
August 07, 2015 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.
MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish: Beyond rescuing migrants, we must recognize and share their humanity
June 16, 2015 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.
The fight against Ebola is more hopeful than ever, but it's not over: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on the ground in West Africa
May 05, 2015 — Originally published by Huffington Post.
Blurred Lines: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on why humanitarian aid and military action cannot coexist
April 21, 2015 — Originally published by Huffington Post.
It's too early to declare victory in fight against Ebola: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish
March 24, 2015 — Originally published by The Toronto Star.
Ukraine: MSF Canada's Stephen Cornish on the escalating human toll of the crisis
March 11, 2015 — Originally published in The Globe and Mail.

 

 

 

Read more from Stephen Cornish

World Refugee Day: The humanitarian consequences of restrictive migration policies 
June 20, 2016 — Originally published in Policy Options magazine.

 

In a year of conflict and crisis, our humanitarian action made a lifesaving difference: A 2016 year-end message from Stephen Cornish 
December 19, 2016 — Published by MSF Canada and Huffington Post.