Annual Workshop 2017

WIIS - Canada’s 10th Annual Workshop


In May 2017, WIIS-Canada was proud to host its 10th Annual Workshop in Montreal. To mark our 10th anniversary, our theme was “The Next Generation of Women Leaders”.

We opened with a keynote speech by Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, Canada’s - and the world’s - first female combat general. Our other keynotes were cultural historian Sharon Hamilton, who spoke about the “Famous Five” - the group responsible for the legal recognition of Canadian women as « persons » with a right to political participation and Francyne Joe, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, who spoke about the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, and the need for partnership with our indigenous women.

On Thursday 18 May we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of WIIS-Canada and the 30th Anniversary of WIIS-Global, the international network of which WIIS-Canada is an affiliate. We shared this celebration with the organising members of the Forum St Laurent sur la sécurité internationale, Quebec’s premier francophone conference on issues of international security. As part of the evening’s program, a joint discussion was held under the theme #womenalsoknow - the need to give prominence to women experts in our field.

You can see the programme for the 2017 10th Annual Workshop here: Annual Workshop 2017 Program

WIIS-Canada is grateful for the support of our partners:

  • Department of National Defence Canada, Defence Engagement Program
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
  • Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies
  • NATO/Atlantic Council of Canada
  • McGill University Faculty of Law

The 10th Annual Workshop of WIIS-Canada was held in Montreal on May 17-19, 2017. The theme was “The Next Generation of Women Leaders”. The Executive Summary was co-authored by Workshop co-ordinator Shiva Mazrouei-Seidani, and the co-organisers Caroline Leprince and Cassandra Steer.

Photos provided by WIIS-Canada member Victoria Heath, who can be contacted at

For more from Victoria, see her amazing photo essay inspired by our 10th Annual Workshop here.

See below for Victoria's video essay on the history of women in leadership, which was presented during the workshop.