2022 WiDS Emerging Leaders

As a community, we come together to connect, to reflect, and to celebrate our collective progress in creating a diverse and inclusive defence and security community.

We do this because it’s important.

It’s important that we provide women with a network that empowers them to be their whole selves. At WiDS, we’re proud of the work we are doing to ensure women are well supported throughout their careers.

But there is still work to be done.

As an industry, we need to make a collective effort and commitment to attract, retain, and promote women: to show our commitment to supporting women in leadership; to encourage educational pursuits and lifelong learning; to create connections and recognize excellence – all of which are the core of WiDS values.

With that said, we are excited to kick off the 2021 Emerging Leaders campaign centered on just that: recognizing excellence and celebrating emerging leaders.

What is an emerging leader?

Someone – in any stage of their career – who is doing great things; someone who is inspiring change; someone who is blazing a trail and setting an example for other young women to follow.

Please join us to recognize the incredible efforts these women are making.

And to Leonardo Canada, our Emerging Leaders Sponsor, thank you for leading the way. 


Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in aerospace, defence and security. Leonardo has been an industrial partner of Canada for over 50 years. Purpose built to serve the Canadian market, Leonardo’s Canadian team leverages and draws upon the full strength and depth of the global company. Today, Leonardo’s local workforce across five operating sites is ready to provide comprehensive, competitive turnkey solutions that meet our Canadian customers’ requirements.

We are strongly committed to building a diverse workforce, including increasing the number of female employees at Leonardo, at all levels. This has been particularly reflected by a number of women holding senior executive positions worldwide across the Company.

Inspired by the vision, curiosity and creativity of the great master inventor, Leonardo is designing the technology of tomorrow.


WiDS Emerging Leaders Biographies

Judyth Almasi
Director, Business Development Maritime Traffic Management, Surveillance
Saab Canada, Inc.
Michelle Arismendi
Manager, Cyber Security
Tara Bellefontaine
Senior Policy Analyst
Canadian Coast Guard
Melanie Bilodeau
Officer in Charge of Police Science School, Canadian Police College
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Moira Bird
Project Officer, Indigenous Relations
Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training
Coreen Bouchard
Founder & Executive Director
Purelogic IT Solutions
Kelly Boxhall
Deputy Project Manager, Submarines
Babcock International
Tania Camire
Project Manager
DEW Engineering and Development
Courtney Campbell
Associate Counsel
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada
Susanne Carlin
Training Development and Academic Support
Canadian Coast Guard
Lise-Marie Caron
Program Director
General Dynamics - OTS - Canada
Leah Carson
Senior Manager, Global Infrastructure Advisory
Danielle Carter
Manager, Response and Support, Sexual Misconduct Response Centre
Department of National Defence
Christiane Coda
Industry Digital Strategist
Microsoft Canada
Christine Constantin
Director - Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programs
Global Affairs Canada
Noor Delawari
PMO Manager - AJISS
Thales Canada, Systems Division
Rosalind Dickinson
Software Engineering Supervisor
Lockheed Martin Canada
Lisa Dickson
Sales Executive - Defence, Security Public Safety & Intelligence
Google Cloud
Charlotte Duval-Lantoine
Ottawa Operations Manager
Canadian Global Affairs Institute
Lateesha Ector
Diversity & Inclusion Strategy Lead
Public Safety Canada
Sara El-Chaar
Operational Workforce Senior Analyst
Canadian Coast Guard
Niyousha Esmaeili
Manufacturing Engineer
Sierra Fullerton
Communications Manager, Aeronautics
Saab Canada, Inc.
Laurie A Gabriel
CCG Graduate, Master Mariner and Marine Navigation Instructor
Canadian Coast Guard
Ronnie Gill
A/Assistant Warden, Operations
Correctional Services Canada
Suzanna Guerriero
Project Manager
Leslie Hanlon
Intermediate Naval Architect
BMT Fleet Technology
Rachel Heide
Defence Scientist/Strategic Analyst
Defence Research Development Centre
Alessandra Jenkins
Senior Manager
Josselin Jooste
Technology Chief
Public Safety Canada
Dominique Laferriere
Defence Scientist
Defence Research and Development Canada
Nancy Lafontant
Manager, Professional Standards Section, Parole Board of Canada
Parole Board of Canada
Julie Leclerc
National Technical Authority, Electronics & Informatics
Canadian Coast Guard
Maybelline Lee
Research & Technology, E&T, Senior Staff
Lockheed Martin Canada
Genevieve Lucas
Senior Program Director, Defence, Intelligence, Public Safety, Space & Justice ATU
Microsoft Canada
Estelle Marchand
Senior Supervisor, Operation Management
Roxane Martel-Perron
Senior Manager, Defence, Public Safety and Justice
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Annette Martin
A/Regional Administrator, Assessment & Interventions
Correctional Services Canada
Loren Matheson
Portfolio Manager in Chemistry & Biology, Centre for Security Science
Defence R&D Canada
Shannon McAllister
Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Response
Canadian Coast Guard
Jennifer McKinley
Regional Director, Transportation Security
Transport Canada
Kellie Mitchell
A/National Manager, Vessel of Concern
Canadian Coast Guard
Angela Mokas
Manager, Response Services & Planning
Canadian Coast Guard
Isabelle Pelchat
superintendent, Icebreaking
Canadian Coast Guard
Erin Pigott
Maritime Search & Rescue Mission Coordinator, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton
Canadian Coast Guard
Erin Pilon
Director, Continuous Improvement
Dawn Price
ESRI Canada Inc.
Alima Prime
Project Lead, Employee Diversity and Workplace Inclusion Initiative
Correctional Services Canada
Tina Raymond
Manager, Social Media
Department of National Defence
Kathleen Reiche
Systems Engineer
Thales Group
Chantal Saldanha
Project Manager/Engineer
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada
Shannon T Sellers
Supervisor Aids to Navigation, Design and Review Specialists South
Canadian Coast Guard
Joelle Thorpe
Policy Analyst, Directorate of R&D Science Policy Integration
Defence R&D Canada
Michelle Turcotte
Acting Director CSE Operational Production & Coordination Centre
Government of Canada
Elena Vazquez
Military veteran/Scholar
Coding for Veterans
Robin Whiteley
Senior Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin Canada
Stephanie Yee
Finance Manager
General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada

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