Annual Workshop 2015

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Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada and the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University are pleased to support the 8th annual WIIS-Canada workshop. We invite applications from graduate students of any gender to participate in this year’s workshop, to be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, 27-29 May 2015. We also welcome the participation of established scholars, practitioners, and experts in the field.

Academic Workshop 2015 Program

This year’s theme is “Rethinking Foreign and Defence Policy in Canada: A decade after the International Policy Statement.”

The annual WIIS-Canada workshop aims to:

* Advance the position of women in the field of international affairs, defence, and security;

* Train and engage the future generation of scholars;

* Highlight the work of women in the security field;

* Grow the network of Canadian women scholars in the fields of international affairs, defence, and security.

The workshop program is articulated around three main activities to train the next generation of security and international affairs experts: topical panels and roundtables, networking opportunities, and skill-building seminars. Each student participant will also be paired with a mentor, a senior-level professional with similar topical interests from academia, government, the private sector, the military, or a non-governmental organization.

This project offers a rejoinder to typical conferences in the field that are highly gender imbalanced. While we welcome participants of any gender, this workshop emphasizes the work of women in the field of international security in an effort to challenge the male-dominated status quo.

Click: This year's keynote is Prof Sylvia Beshevkin

For more information, please email


Women In International Security Canada would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of our workshop sponsors, including:

Department of National Defence Canada, Defence Engagement Program

Queen’s University Department of Political Studies

Queen’s University, School of Political Studies

Queen's International Affairs Association

L'Université Laval, Centre sur la sécurité international

NATO/Atlantic Council of Canada

Check out more information on WIIS Canada member and Annual Workshop Lead Organizer, Leah Sarson.


Take a look at our Spotlight Interview with Jennifer Bennett, Rear Admiral in the Canadian Forces

Check out our Q&A with WIIS Canada Board Chair Stéfanie von Hlatky and Dr. Anessa Kimball