Dr. Cassandra Steer
Dr. Cassandra Steer is the Erin J.C. Arsenault Fellow at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and the former Executive Director of the Centre for Research in the same institute. Her main research interest is the application of the law of armed conflict to military uses of outer space, and it is this interest in emerging issues of international security that brought her to WIIS. Prior to coming to Canada at the beginning of 2015, Cassandra was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands for 8 years, teaching criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, and legal research methods. She holds a B.A. (Philosophy) from the University of New South Wales, undergraduate and LLM degrees in Dutch Law and International Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a PhD in International Criminal Law. She has interned at the International Criminal Court under Judge Navi Pillay in 2004, and was a researcher for the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State), before returning to academia. She has been a Visiting Researcher at universities in Argentina, Canada, Germany and the USA, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar. Currently she is the member for Canada on the International Law Association Space Law Committee, the Secretary of the IAF Space Security Committee, and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, the American Society of International Law, the NATO Association of Canada, and the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.
Stéfanie von Hlatky
Chair of the Board
Stéfanie von Hlatky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Prior to her appointment at Queen’s, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College and a Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich’s Center for Security Studies. She recently published a book called American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (Oxford University Press, 2013). She lives in Kingston with her husband and two children.
Stefanie is the founder of WIIS Canada and Chair of the Board of Directors for WIIS Canada and can be reached at email@example.com
Renée brings twenty years of experience working in the areas of human rights in relation to development, peace and post-conflict rehabilitation, immigration, and indigenous issues. She has her Masters in political science from the University of Alberta where she was instrumental in setting up the Peace and Post- Conflict Studies program.
As the Executive Director of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Renée has focused on education around critical human rights issues and instruments locally and globally, for over ten years. She is the Founding President of Ainembabazi Children’s Project, and is an executive member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee, helping to spearhead a coalition of law enforcement, government, academics and NGOs.
Her commitment to the work of advancing peace and human rights in Western Canada and the world has lead to her involvement as a part of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and won her the inaugural Top 40 under 40 Award in Edmonton with Avenue Magazine. She was recognized by the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice and Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women with the Good Relations Award as well as was awarded Daughter of the Year in 2012. In 2013, the University of Alberta awarded her with their inaugural Community Advocacy award.
Renée is very excited to contribute in the expansion of WIIS Canada. She will be spearheading WIIS Canada initiatives in Western Canada and will focus on developing the corporation’s mentorship and chapter programming. Renée currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta.
Marie-Joëlle Zahar is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Research Network on Peace Operations and Fellow at the Centre for International Research and Studies at the Université de Montréal. From March 2013 until August 2015, she served as Senior Expert on Power Sharing on the Standby Team of Mediation Experts at the UN Department of Political Affairs. Her research interests span the dynamics of civil war and the politics of conflict-resolution. She is a specialist of transition violence and post-conflict power sharing with strong regional experience in Middle East politics.
Marie-Joëlle’s career has been defined by a constant engagement with policy. She has consulted, among others, for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United States Institute of Peace, the Canadian Government as well as a range of non-governmental organizations working in post-conflict settings.
Marie-Joëlle believes mentorship is a key element in leadership and career building. She looks forward to contributing to WIIS Canada’s mentorship programming.
Caroline Leprince has significant experience in providing strategic advice and analysis in the areas of national security, defence and public safety. She is a senior policy analyst at Public Safety Canada and an associate fellow with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. She was previously a contractual research assistant with Defence Research and Development Canada and also served as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Reserve, during which time she deployed with the Psychological Operations unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Caroline was also involved in building women capacities in a local NGO in Cambodia, a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help document crimes against women.
Caroline also brings experience in project management, business development and strategic planning (Master’s degree in Project Management, École des sciences de la gestion (ESG)). She worked as a project manager for the Raoul-Dandurand Chair during which time she was responsible for grant applications and fundraising activities. She also holds a Master’s in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) and a Bachelor in International Relations and International Law from the same university.
Program Assistant - WIIS Canada
Meaghan Shoemaker is a Doctoral student in Political Studies at Queen's University, Kingston. Meaghan's research interests include international security studies, gender in NATO militaries, and conflict and conflict resolution.
As the Program Assistant for WIIS Canada, Meaghan aims to further the mandate of WIIS Canada through increased member engagement and stakeholder outreach. She firmly believes in supporting leadership roles of women, especially in non-traditional roles.
Meaghan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org