Upcoming Events

WIIS-Canada hosts exclusive networking sessions, panel discussions, and conferences for WIIS-Canada members throughout the year. We are also happy to promote members’ initiatives related to international security. Have a panel discussion, conference or any other event taking place in your region or with your WIIS-Canada chapter? Email contact@wiiscanada.org.


The CDA Institute, in partnership with Women in International Security (WIIS-Canada), is pleased to be hosting a roundtable as part of the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence.

Leading from the Front: Combatting Gender-Based Violence in the Canadian Armed Forces

11:00AM TO 2:00PM

Canada has long been at the forefront of military gender integration and remains a world leader. Women serve in all environments and can join any trade across the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). What is more, Canada is committed to increasing the proportion of women up to 25% of the total force by 2026.

But significant challenges remain including sexual harassment and the challenges of changing organizational culture for the better. Join our panelists for a stimulating discussion of how the CAF has engaged with this issue in the past, the work being done today to address harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour and the opportunities to forge a more successful future.

This roundtable will be of interest to anyone who wants to encourage greater inclusivity in the workplace and foster an environment where everyone can succeed.


Roundtable Hosts:Dr. Meghan Fitzpatrick, Director of Research and Senior Editor, CDA Institute and Caroline Leprince, Executive Director, Women in International Security Canada


Lieutenant-Commander (ret’d) Rosemary Park is Director of Servicewomen’s Salute

Dr. Manon LeBlanc is a Defence Scientist, Director General of Military Personnel Research and Analysis, working to address sexual harassment and workplace aggression in the CAF

Dr. Allan English is an Associate Professor, Queen’s University and a CAF veteran who has written widely about diversity, military leadership and the challenges of culture change


KPMG Offices, 150 Elgin Street, Suite 1800, Ottawa


5 December 11:00am to 2:00pm

There will be a question and answer session immediately after the main discussion.


$20 per person including a light buffet lunch

Students $10

To register: https://cdainstitute.ca/leading_from_the_front_workshop/

Places are limited and registration prior to the event is required.



WIIS-Queen’s Speaker Series

From October 22 to November 12, WIIS-Queen's is hosting a month long speaker series in collaboration with Queen's Female Leadership in Politics (QFLIP) and Women for Professional Growth (WPG) Queen's! Women hold a wide variety of positions in the field of International Security, all with unique experiences. This series provides an amazing opportunity to hear their first-hand accounts in the field, with a different speaker each week from a diverse range of women with practical experience in International Security.

The next event of this series will be on November 15th, featuring Stéphanie Martel who is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University and a Fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). Professor Martel’s research focuses on multilateral diplomacy, security regionalism and the role of discourse in International Relations. Professor Martel is also an executive member of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, and frequently travels to East and Southeast Asia for academic and political work.


Stéphanie Martel’s talk will take place Thursday, November 15th, 5:00pm-6:30pm, in the Ellis Hall room 324. Expect a friendly atmosphere for questions and mingling, as well as complementary food and drinks!

The next event of this series will be on November 1st, where Rasha Fahim will discuss her career as a Settlement Worker.As a Settlement Worker for both Kingston and the Immigration Services Program, Rasha is involved in aiding refugees’ transition to life in Canada. Being an Arabic speaker, she supports newcomers from Syria as well as aiding their integration into the community through local organizations such as women’s and children’s groups.

Rasha’s talk will take place Thursday, November 1st, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, in the Sutherland Roomin the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC). Expect a friendly atmosphere for questions and mingling, as well as complementary food and drinks sponsored by David’s Tea and Loblaws!

The first event of this series is Tuesday, October 23, 2018 where Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Lisa Elliott will discuss her career in Military Intelligence. Joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989, LCol Elliott has served in multiple intelligence operations and positions, including senior Intelligence Advisor to the Commander of the 1st Canadian Division (Red Devils), and in 2016 was commander of Canada's largest intelligence unit. She is now an instructor at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, with a Master’s of Defence and Management Policy, along with a Master’s of Art in War Studies.

LCol Elliot’s talk will take place 23 October, 1:00pm-2:00pm, in the McLaughlin Room in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC). Expect a friendly atmosphere for questions and mingling, as well as complementary food and drinks sponsored by David’s Tea and Loblaws!