Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) was established to promote and support the advancement of women in careers related to Canadian defence and security industries. Despite our name, WiDS is open to men and women, and we offer all our members great benefits and access to exclusive networking and professional development events in the National Capital Region. Best of all, membership in WiDS is free! It’s easy to join – simply select the ‘Join WiDS Now!’ button at the right-hand top of the page.

Membership Benefits

Membership in WiDS gives you access to a great network of men and women at all levels of their careers. Our members hail from public and private sectors, the military, academia and other organizations in Canada’s defence and security industries. They care about diversity in the workplace, are open to sharing experiences and genuinely want to help you succeed.

WiDS gives you learning opportunities through our professional development events, and the chance for informally networking and information sharing with colleagues and great guests at our (almost) monthly 5 à 7 events.

Finally, a WiDS membership makes sure you are in the loop regarding WiDS events, including our ever-popular Annual Golf Tournament and other important defence and security initiatives and organizations.  

The WiDS membership includes a monthly e-mail newsletter with information on events that may interest you. Out of respect for your privacy, it does not include spam e-mails or solicitations from partners or other groups and we do not sell, rent or otherwise share our membership lists for any reason without your consent. 

Join WiDS Now!

Regardless of where you are in your career, your gender, whether you work in the defence or security industry, public service, policing, the military or academia, WiDS has something to offer you! Join now by selecting the ‘Join WiDS Now’ Button at the top of the page.  

For questions or further information, contact WiDS at or phone 613-290-0698.


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