National best-selling Author, award winning Director, Writer and Producer
Martha Hart is the founder and director of The Owen Hart Foundation, which she established in memory of her late husband Owen Hart shortly after his death in May 1999. As a result of the vast charitable contributions achieved through the good works of The Owen Hart Foundation, Martha was named Individual Philanthropist of the Year in 2004 by the AFP.
Martha is also a national best-selling author, with her book entitled Broken Harts: The Life and Death of Owen Hart, now published in several countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, with all of her proceeds allocated to charity.
Education is the mandate of The Owen Hart Foundation and is personally very important to Martha. Martha completed two degrees at the University of Calgary in Psychology and Sociology before moving to England to complete a Master’s and PhD degree in Social & Developmental Psychology at the prestigious University of Cambridge. Martha works as a university researcher in the area of pediatrics and is an active board member of The International Association for the Study of Attachment (IASA), as well as several other boards. Martha has a number of academic peer reviewed publications including her most recent book entitled Danger, Development and Adaptation: Seminal Papers on the Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation.
In 2011 Martha was also awarded Calgary’s Champion of Learning.
Film Accolades include the award winning short documentary The Owen Hart Foundation: A Look Back, which was created to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Owen Hart Foundation and winner of 4 awards at the Angel Film Awards - Monaco International Film Festival.
Martha is also working with Lemonade Pictures of Canada and Breakneck Films of the UK on a feature documentary based on the good work of The Owen Hart Foundation due for release in 2016.
The Owen Hart Foundation www.owenhartfoudnation.org hosts a high profile fundraising event every year as a tribute to Owen Hart, which proudly attracts some of the biggest names in the entertainment community. The 2000-2003 charity events were in support of YouVille Women's Residence, a shelter for abused women. Starting in 2004, the charity events have included guest stars, Bob Newhart, 2004; Paul Anka, 2005; Neil Sedaka, 2006; Bill Cosby, 2007; Howie Mandel, 2008; Jerry Seinfeld, 2009 - 10th Anniversary; Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, 2010; Russell Brand, 2011; Robin Williams (with special guest David Steinberg), 2012; Steve Martin and Martin Short, 2013; Dane Cook, 2014 - 15th Anniversary, and Seth Meyers 2015, and Elvis Costello December 10th, 2016. Funds raised support hard working individuals and families with limited resources but unlimited potential locally and abroad through education, scholarships, housing, and basic needs.
Owen Hart Foundation Event Highlights
Steve Martin & Martin Short with Martha Hart and her daughter Athena and son Oje in 2013.
Robin Williams with Martha Hart and her daughter Athena in 2012.
However, despite these accolades Martha says that her greatest accomplishment in life is raising her two beautiful children, Oje and Athena, into fine young people she can be proud of.