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-Canada's 11th Annual Workshop

“Gender & Security, from the Bottom-Up”
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, May 2 – 4, 2018

Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada is proud to announce its 11th Annual Workshop, to be held at the University of Alberta from May 2 – 4, 2018. WIIS-Canada is an organisation that aims to advance women’s leadership and scholarship at all stages of their career in international defence and security. It engages members of academia, government, military, private, and non-profit sectors in that endeavour.

The 11th Annual Workshop is entitled Gender & Security, from the Bottom-up. In global politics, security is a strategic concern involving power politics between macro-players, such as nation-states and militaries. Yet, (in)security is experienced by individuals, and groups, in local spaces, and intersects with various identity markers such as gender, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and class. Thus, the theme asks participants to think about the ways (in)security is, and can be, shaped in the every-day with a particular focus on gender and intersecting identities.


For more information on the Annual Workshop 2018, click here.

International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges

We would like to invite you to attend the joint conference organized by the Royal Canadian Military Institute (RCMI) and Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada). The theme of the conference is International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges. The event will take place at the Institute’s facilities at 426 University Avenue, Toronto .The conference focuses on contemporary challenges that are arising in global security in the twenty-first century and discusses how Canada will need to address them. It will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including new technologies and its impacts on national security, gendered environment and sexualized violence in the Canadian security sector, and Canada’s feminist foreign and security policy.

Date: April 24, 2018 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Registration details: Students 45$  Professionals 100$ Includes a supper reception

To register visit: For reservations contact Susan Cook susan.cook@rcmi.org at 416-597-0286 ext:111

For further information, please visit www.rcmi.org or www.wiiscanada.org

Special guest: Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, Director General, Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct


1300-1315     Welcome and Opening Remarks

Caroline Leprince, Interim Executive Director of WIIS-Canada, and Dr. Michael Hoare, President of the RCMI

1315-1430     Panel One: New Technologies and National Security

Moderator: Melinda Mansour, Director, Centre for National Security Studies at the Canadian Forces College


Dr. Alex S. Wilner, Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

Namja Sultana, Director of Planning and Programs at Hydro Ottawa, with responsibility for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Protection

1430-1545     Panel Two: Gendered Environments and Sexualized Violence in the Canadian Security Sector  

Moderator: Caroline Leprince, Interim Executive Director of WIIS-Canada


Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, Director General, Canadian Armed Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Fleury, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Executive Director of the Canadian Police College

1545-1615     Health Break

1615-1730     Panel Three: Feminist Foreign Policy and Security

Moderator: Dr. Sandra Whitworth, York University


Dr. Leah Sarson, SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Caroline Delany, Director, Planning and Deployments Division, Peace and Stabilization Programs, Global Affairs Canada

1730-1815     Networking Break

1815-1915     Buffet-style Dinner

1915-1945     A Conversation with Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, hosted by Dr. Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College

1945               Closing Remarks by Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky, Chair of the Board, WIIS-Canada

WIIS-Canada Annual General Meeting

When:November 24, 2017

*You must be a registered member with WIIS-Canada to participate in the AGM. To register for your annual membership, go to Join the Network


16 Days 2017