Message from the Chair of the Board
As a national organization, WIIS–Canada plays a crucial role in connecting scholars and practitioners across the country, enhancing expertise and diversity in the fields of defence and security. Across the country, our local chapters connect military officers, policymakers, experts, academics, business professionals, lawyers, and students, creating new communities of women and men working on pressing global issues. These local communities are intimately connected to our powerful national network, which meets annually at our WIIS-Canada conference to showcase the extraordinary talent of our members across the country. We are a “big tent” network that welcomes members working on a wide range of international security issues, from nuclear security to human rights to climate change.
It is my honour to serve as the new Chair of the Board of Directors, after a decade of outstanding leadership by my predecessor and WIIS–Canada founder Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky. Building on Dr. von Hlatky’s visionary leadership, our new Board of Directors is ready to lead WIIS–Canada into the future. As Chair, I am especially enthusiastic about expanding the social and policy influence of WIIS–Canada, as well as welcoming more diverse voices in both the study and practice of international security.
As board members, we take immense pride in championing women leaders in global affairs. We are also passionate about mentoring and inspiring the next generation of young professionals. With new local chapters opening across the country, this is an exciting time to be part of our expanding national network. We welcome you to join our community!
Dr. Aisha Ahmad
Chair of the Board