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Women In Defence and Security (WiDS) 



WiDS News and Event Information
Chat with national cyber security leaders from Public Safety Canada. Join us for our December 5 à 7 networking event

Details: Thursday, December 1st, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm @ The Pour House, 62 William St. (above the Auld Dubliner) in the Byward Market.

This month, we are pleased to welcome special guests from Public Safety Canada: Monik Beauregard, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cybersecurity Branch, Colleen Merchant, Director General, National Cyber Security Directorate and Suki Wong, Director General, National Security Operations Directorate. Don’t miss this great chance to make connections and take advantage of this informal mentoring forum. WiDS welcomes men and women, so come on out for an hour or two of casual conversation. As always, there is no cost to attend - just pay for what you order.  

The WiDS / Enbridge Famous 5 professional development luncheon was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended!

The WiDS / Enbridge Famous 5 ‘Lunch with The Veteran, The General, The Chief and The Commissioner’ - in honour of women nation-builders in defence and security was a huge success! Congratulations to MP Karen McCrimmon, Lt-Gen CAF Christine Whitecross, Chief CSE Greta Bossenmaier and Coast Guard Commissioner Jody Thomas for creating a new narrative for Women in Defence and Security. Thank you to all who attended, to the Famous5 for partnering with WiDS and to all the volunteers who helped make this event happen. Connect with WiDS on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) to review tweets from the event and see the upcoming video summary.

Mark Your Calendar for the WiDS Annual General Meeting & Winter Warm Up reception

Details: Wednesday, January 11th @ The Army Officers’ Mess, 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa. AGM from 5 to 6 pm with reception to follow.

Please mark Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 on your calendar to attend the WiDS AGM and Winter Warm Up reception. This important meeting reviews accomplishments over the year and highlights future goals. Members will vote for open WiDS executive committee positions and recruit committee volunteers. Please attend, we want to hear suggestions and feedback from our members. The winter warm up reception will recognize members of our executive, advisory board and community in general who have made important contributions over the years. The event is free. Hope to see you there.

Esprit de Corps Magazine is looking for a few good women

Nomination deadline: January 9, 2017. More info: espritdecorps.ca/women-in-defence-2016

Following up on two previous special editions, Esprit de Corps magazine continues to help break down the barricades by introducing readers to the high calibre of talent women bring to the defence community. Over the past years, forty women have been recognized, not only for what they’ve done professionally, but for who they are personally. Nominations for 2017 are now open. If you know someone who deserves to be profiled, whether they are serving soldiers, politicians, journalists, advocates, academics or industry executives, send a note to: nominations@espritdecorps.ca

Heads Up! WiDS will be holding a special professional development - speed mentoring event in conjunction with the Esprit de Corps Breaking Down the Barricades award reception in April 2017.  

Still Working On It! New Web Site Coming Soon. 

WiDS is excited to reveal our new look and improved website experience for all members and guests. We are a little behind with this launch but it is coming soon! The new site will provide great opportunities for sponsors and other supporters to be profiled more professionally and with more impact. 


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Women in Defence & Security   wids@wids.ca   Tel: 613-235-5337   Fax: 613-235-0784