Message from the Executive Director

It has been an honour for me to return to the position of Executive Director, which I served from 2015-2017. I stepped down to go on maternity leave and was very excited to be able to re-join the Board of Directors this year.

WIIS-Canada is such an important network, providing access to the women across the nation who are engaged in the peace and security sectors, and providing support to those women at all stages of their careers. How often do you feel you are in the absolute minority in the room when taking part in conferences, negotiations, decision-making, training, military exercises and out in the field? Imagine what a difference it would make if you always knew where to make contact with other women in your field, to seek their mentorship, or to offer your support to those junior to you? This is what WIIS-Canada strives to provide, and we are excited to have you as part of our network.

Founded in 2007, as part of WIIS-Global, WIIS-Canada holds an Annual Workshop aimed at mentoring young and emerging scholars and practitioners, and providing an opportunity for professionals to learn from the research being done by those emerging into the field. Your membership of WIIS-Canada grants you automatic membership of WIIS-Global, which means wherever your work takes you in the world, you can tap into the same support network.

In 2020 we are planning some truly exciting initiatives, such as a series of prizes for professionals and students across the country, and a list of experts on our website with a link to your own professional webpage. In these ways we aim to recognise and profile the amazing women who make up WIIS-Canada. We look forward to engaging with you!

Connect, Collaborate, Create

Cassandra Steer

Executive Director