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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Women in Security & Peacekeeping: Panel Discussion

NATO Association of Canada / Ryerson University's International Issues Discussion Series

ENG 103, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

What is the role of women during peace negotiations, peace building, and diplomacy? Join the discussion!

Full Speakers Biographies:

Colonel Jennie Carignan, MSM, CD

Canadian Army

Colonel Jennie Carignan enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986. She held various positions at the School of Military Engineers and at the Construction Engineering Section in Chilliwack before being transferred to 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5 CER) as Adjutant and then as the Officer Commanding 51 Field Squadron. In 1999, she was promoted to the rank of Major and obtained an MBA at Laval University in 2001.

From November 2009 to September 2010, she was deployed in Afghanistan to command the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment. Upon her return, she took up the position of Deputy Commander 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.

Col Carignan was deployed as Troop Commander in the Golan Heights (UNDOF) and as the Chief Engineer for the Multi-National Division South-West (MND (SW)) in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has degrees from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies, where she earned a master's degree in Military Arts and Science.

In December 2011, Col Carignan was presented the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada. She has also received the Major-General Hans Schlup Award for excellence in international relations as well as being ranked amongst Canada's 2011 Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Col Carignan was promoted to her current rank in 2011 when she took the position of the Chief of Staff of Land Force Central Area/Joint Task Force Central. In 2013, Col Carignan was appointed as the Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Quebec.


Commander Michelaine Lahaie, CD

Royal Canadian Navy

Commander Michelaine Lahaie joined the Canadian Forces in 1987 under the Regular Officer Training Plan. She graduated from the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean with a Bachelor’s Degree in Military and Strategic Studies and was commissioned as a Maritime Surface Sub Surface (MARS) officer.

Cdr Lahaie’s experience at sea includes appointments on board HMCS PRESERVER, as Underwater Warfare Officer in HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC and as Operations Officer and Combat Officer in HMCS MONTREAL. During her two years with HMCS PRESERVER, the ship deployed twice with Operation SHARP GUARD, a UN ground peacekeeping effort that included the participation of a NATO task group imposing economic sanctions off the Bosnian coastline. During her two years onboard HMCS VILLE DE QUÉBEC, the ship participated in several NATO exercises and completed two Great Lakes Deployments. Cdr Lahaie’s Operations Officer tour in HMCS MONTREAL saw the ship ramp up to High Readiness and deploy as the Flag Ship for Operation APOLLO, from September 2002 to April 2003.

Cdr Lahaie’s staff experience includes appointments to the Maritime Forces Atlantic as the Deputy Fleet Scheduling Officer, to the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School as the Command Control Information Systems Officer and to the Royal Military College of Canada as B Division Commander. She also held senior appointments at National Defence Headquarters in the Naval Staff, as Occupation Manager for the MARS Occupation and as Personnel Policy Section Head in the Directorate of Maritime Personnel; and in the Directorate of Military Careers as the senior MARS career manager and later as Section Head for the career management of all Naval Hard Sea occupations and Musicians.

From July 2012 – July 2014, Commander Lahaie commanded the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. She then spent a year on the Naval Staff in Ottawa before being posted to the Canadian Forces College to complete the Joint Command and Staff Programme.


Staff Sergeant Kimberley O’Toole

Toronto Police Service

Kimberley O’Toole is a Staff Sergeant with the Toronto Police Service and is currently in charge of a platoon of front line officers at 55 Division. SSgt O’Toole is in her 21st year with the Toronto Police Service with experience in the Homicide Squad, Sex Crimes Unit, Professional Standards Unit and general investigative units. She has lectured for nine years as a sessional professor in the Justice Studies Faculty at The University of Guelph-Humber, and holds a Master of Criminal Justice from Boston University. She has recently begun her Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.

She is also an executive member for the Women’s Internal Support Network and the Toronto Police Service Military Veterans Association.

In 2013, Staff Sergeant O’Toole was seconded to European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan as a RoL expert, assigned the portfolio of mentor and advisor for Gender and Human Rights. She worked directly with the Afghan National Police, the Attorney General’s Office and other International partners including the Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan. Kimberley worked to provide strategic and specialized advice to senior officials in order to address concerns, and develop strategies and training initiatives. These initiatives undertook to build capacity in the elimination of violence against women with the goal to create and sustain a more secure environment, while recognizing and addressing human rights and gender equality issues. In 2014, SSgt O’Toole was awarded the Non-Article 5 NATO medal along with the EUPOL medal for her service in Afghanistan.