Our Mandate

Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) aims to promote and support the advancement of women in careers related to Canadian defence and security.

WiDS is developing a community that works together to transform culture.

A powerful network with three strategic pillars:

  1. RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE

  2. DEVELOPING TALENT

  3. CREATING CONNECTIONS

 

 

 

Recognizing Excellence

Investment in our future leaders

The WiDS Scholarship & CGAI Fellowship are awarded annually in recognition of outstanding students pursuing higher education related to Canada’s defence and security.

WiDS Scholarship Breakfast

  1. Centered around International Women's Day.
  2. Awarded in honour of women who have made substantial contributions to our Nation.
  3. Funded by ticket sales and sponsorships, this special ceremony has awarded 16 Scholarships and 2 fellowships with a value of $100,000.
  4. 500+ attendees and growing.

 

Developing Talent

Talent is universal - Opportunity is not

WiDS’ professional development events are well-designed, high-value learning sessions. Bringing role models to the table, developing leadership skills and enabling opportunities for growth at all stages of your career.

WiDS Speed Mentoring

  1. Authentic conversations with high calibre mentors and mentees representing both men and women from industry, government, policing and military.
  2. Unique opportunity to engage in face-to-face mentorship and exchange knowledge and experience, no matter the questions.
  3. One mentor per two mentees.

WiDS Workshops & Sessions

  1. We are increasing our national footprint with events throughout Canada.
  2. Various opportunities are available in different formats: Workshops, panels, lectures, keynote speakers, etc.
  3. Academic partnership with Telfer and Halifax peace with women fellows.
  4. Continuously evolving and aligning our program offerings based on your input.

 

Creating Connections

A network for transformation

WiDS enables networking and mentoring opportunities for both men and women at all stages of their careers. Our members care about diversity and want to enable positive change.

WiDS Membership Composition

 

A History of Initiative

In 2005, WiDS was initiated by a small group of women from industry and the military. They aimed to build a network to support and promote the advancement of women leaders in defence and security professions.

Today, WiDS has over 2,000 members who work across industry, government, military, police services and first responder agencies. Members include men and women at various levels of their career.

PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.

LEADERS WHO ACTIVELY MAKE POSITIVE CHANGE.

Membership is free and offers many great benefits, so come join us! 

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