Dear NPSIA Community,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Nathan Sears (NPSIA MA Alum 2011), who tragically lost his life in a fire in Montreal last week. As a school, we mourn the loss of Nathan and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Nathan was an outstanding member of our NPSIA community and a shining example of what it means to be a successful student, both academically and personally. His contributions to the NPSIA community will always be appreciated and never forgotten. The last time I saw Nathan was in 2020 at Global Affairs Canada where he was a Cadieux-Leger Fellow. At the time, he was also a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Toronto, and recently completed his doctoral studies.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Sears family. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We hope that the memories of Nathan and the knowledge that he touched so many lives will bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Rest in peace, Nathan. You will be deeply missed.


Teddy Y. Samy

Director and Professor

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs