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.


WIIS-Queen's/RMC Conference, March 31st, 2019

On March 31st, WIIS-Queen’s will be teaming up with the Royal Military College of Canada to present their second annual conference: Escalation to Resolution: The Stages of Conflict. This conference will be split into three stages: pre-conflict, conflict, and post conflict. In addition to three moderators and a keynote speaker, each stage will have a panel with three speakers on their respective topics. Speakers range from academics to military personnel, with diverse insights and experiences in conflict.

This year’s emphasis will be examining the role of gender in peace and security through both a practical and academic lens. In the tradition of feminist scholar Cynthia Enloe, and her influential book Bananas, Beaches and Bases, speakers will discuss the dynamics of gender in each phase of conflict: the roles taken on by men and women, perceptions of gender, and gendered systems of operation. With a wide selection of speakers, the conference aims to promote perspectives for every stage of conflict, and from all concerns of international security.

The conference will be held Sunday, March 31st, from 10:30am to 5:00pm in Wallace Hall at the John Deutsch University Center (JDUC). With free registration, this conference will be an inclusive environment, open to Queen’s students, members of the community, and those traveling from outside Kingston. Voluntary donations will also be collected for the local charity Queen’s Love Without Boundaries.

A reception will be held afterward from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the University Club, which is 19+ and also free to register. As well as an incredible opportunity to learn about global conflict and its gendered effects, this event provides an excellent space for networking and creating connections in the field of international security.

Register to the conference and reception here:


Follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/306031770267959

#WeAreNATO: The Alliance’s Efforts to Advance Women, Peace and Security, March 27th, 2019, Toronto


To celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary, WIIS-Canada will be hosting a conference in Toronto on Wednesday March 27th from 1-7:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Military Institute. The focus of the WIIS-Canada conference will look at the Alliance’s efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, an area in which Canada has displayed a strong leadership role. WIIS-Canada is dedicated to increase women’s visibility in policy debates, and to expanding gender mainstreaming efforts in international security. This event aims to raise awareness about the important role Canada played in NATO’s past, present, and future.

The event’s first roundtable will invite female Canadian leaders with key positions within NATO to share their personal experience with the Canadian public. The second panel will invite official NATO and Canadian representatives, as well as members from the civil society, to discuss current efforts to implement the WPS Agenda both within the institution and in the field. The event will be followed by a networking reception for scholars and practitioners in collaboration with Canadian and US partners:  the Canadian Defence and Security Network, the NATO Association of Canada, the Royal Canadian Military Institute, WIIS-Global, and the Canadian Network for Defense and Security Analysis.

The event is free, but registration is mandatory. This event is sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.


Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wearenato-the-alliances-efforts-to-advance-women-peace-and-security-tickets-57474069489

Consult the WIIS Canada NATO Conference Program


Women in International Security-Toronto

Twitter Conference



Women in International Security Toronto invites academics, researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to present at our first Twitter Conference. Participants will be allotted a 15 minute slot to present a paper in the form of a Twitter thread using the hashtag #WIISTOTC.

Images, videos, and other multimedia are encouraged in order to create an engaging presentation. The presentation should be between 6-12 Tweets.

Presentations should align with the 2019 theme of the WIIS-Canada annual workshop: Security and Power in a Tumultuous World Order. The WIIS- Toronto Twitter Conference offers an opportunity to engage with the WIIS-Canada network in advance of the 2019 Annual Workshop, which is set to take place in Toronto in June.

Proposals due: January 22nd, 2019

Conference date: March 5th, 2019

Successful presenters will be notified by February 22nd, 2019 and will be provided with further guidance on logistics and presentation preparation.

Proposals must include: your Twitter handle, timezone, title and summary of the proposed presentation (max.250words), and a brief biography.

Please send proposals via email to: wiistoronto@wiiscanada.org.


This conference has been inspired by the Underpinnings Museum and the War Through Other Stuff Society. For an example of a successful Twitter conference, and strong Twitter presentations, please visit them here.