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 at 416-597-0286 ext:111

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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

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