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 3,000 members who work across industry, government, military, cyber and physical security, police services and first responder agencies. Members include all genders at various levels of their career. Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) is a national not-for-profit organization that aims to promote and support the advancement of women in careers related to Canadian defence and security. WiDS aims to transform culture through their three pillars of Creating Connections, Recognizing Excellence and Developing Talent. Scholarship & Fellowship.

The WiDS Scholarship & Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) Fellowship are awarded annually in recognition of outstanding students pursuing higher education related to Canada’s defence and security. Emerging Leaders: 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. WiDS Scholarship Breakfast is centred around International Women’s Day. Funded by ticket sales, sponsorships and partnerships, this special ceremony has awarded 16 Scholarships and 5 fellowships with a value over $125,000.

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 careers.

Mentoring: 1 mentor to 2 mentees

Speed Mentoring – Authentic conversations with high calibre mentors and mentees representing both men and women from industry, government, cyber & physical security, first responders and military. Unique opportunity to engage in face-to-face mentorship and exchange knowledge and experience, no matter the questions.

National Mentoring program: launching soon! Small groups with 4-6 month duration

WiDS Workshops & Sessions (PD events)

Various opportunities are available in different formats: Workshops, panels, lectures, keynote speakers, etc. (in person and virtual)

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