Message from the Chair of the Board
I am delighted that WIIS-Canada is launching a new website to keep the Canadian international security community connected. WIIS-Canada plays an important role in creating bridges between academics and practitioners to advance policy-relevant research, advocacy and training in the security and defence field.
I joined WIIS in 2007 after participating in a summer symposium organized in Washington, D.C. Meeting women from different backgrounds but with similar interests was a defining moment for me in graduate school and I became convinced that similar opportunities should be available in Canada. WIIS-Canada was created in 2008 and is now running its 7th graduate student workshop, based on the D.C. model. The success of these workshops has depended on continued engagement from a group of professors and students, as well as mentors from government, NGOs and the private sector. These workshops provide privileged platforms for women to share the work they are doing to advance knowledge and improve practices in international security. They also offer an excellent opportunity to network, brainstorm about new projects, and take part in professional training sessions.
WIIS-Canada is now designing an expanded program of activities to further promote female leadership in the security and defence field. We also want to initiate a dialogue with Canadians about adding new research, advocacy and training priorities. Tell us what you think and connect with WIIS-Canada!
Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky
Women in International Security Canada