WiDS Emerging Leaders

WiDS works to provide women with a network that empowers them to be their whole selves - because we know that a more diverse and inclusive community makes us all stronger. Nominated annually at our Awards Breakfast by participating organizations, the WiDS Emerging Leaders campaign celebrates the value women bring to Canada’s Defence and Security community.

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.

Thank you to our Emerging Leaders Sponsor

Join us in recognizing our 2023 Emerging Leaders!

Marlene Ambielle
Electronic Engineering Technologist
Thales Canada, Defence and
Alana Baker
GIS Consultant
ESRI Canada Inc.
Rachel Barstow
Project Technical Lead
MDA Corporation
Gillian Beaudoin
Senior Manager Software Development
MDA Corporation
Anouk Beauvais
Bank of Canada
Nina Bigras
Acting Section Head Space & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Applications
Krista Blenkinsop  
Supervisor HBS Plugin Development
Government of Canada
Nathalie Boyer
Supply Manager
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Kylie Broughton
Director, Waterfront Delivery
Babcock Canada
Jessica Bukovac
Office Coordinator
Directorate Access to Information and Privacy
Meggie Caldwell
Project Manager
Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems
Darlene Callaghan
Engineering Manager
Wendy-Anne Cantin
Manager, Operational Data
Canadian Coast Guard
Kathleen Chafe
Regional Engineering Manager, CCG Atlantic
Canadian Coast Guard
Leah Chaudhari
Project Electrical Engineer
BMT Fleet Technology
Laura Cline
Vice President Global Customer Services for Aerospace & Defense
Alex Cvetich
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Angelique Davis
Senior Naval Architect
Vard Marine Inc.
Lauren Delrio
Supervisor, Technical Analysis
Vickie Desjardins
SR. Director, Quality and Quality Systems
General Dynamics - OTS - Canada
Jacqueline Do
Technology Architecture Delivery Senior Manager
Emily Dowdell
Structural Design Engineer
Marshall Aerospace Canada Inc
Keri Emms
A/Deputy Warden
Correctional Service of Canada
Kelly Eubank
Policy Advisor
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
Nancy Faraday-Smith
Public Safety Canada
Evelyn Fortin
Policy Analyst
Patricia Fournier
Elisabeth Fraser
A/National Manager of Search and Rescue Operations
Canadian Coast Guard
Zalina Gappoeva
Assistant Director, Cyber Access Control
Bank of Canada
Mylene Gaudet
A/Program Manager, Dorchester Penitentiary
Correctional Service of Canada
Carole Gosselin
EA to the 2 Wing Chief Warrant Officer
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Catherine Greenhalgh
Manager, Compliance Management
Raytheon ELCAN
Anne-Sophie Guerin
Special Advisory to the Deputy Minister
Department of National Defence
Jane Guo
Engineering Group Leader, Safety Human Computer Interface (HCI) for Marine Systems
Nayeli Sosa Halpin
Communications Security Establishment
Carole Hargrave
Manager, Risk Assessment and Consultation and Manager
Leanne Harris
Senior Supervisor, Manufacturing/Operations
Raytheon ELCAN
Sydney Hartford
Supervisor, PMO Integrated Reporting
Anne Hooper
Director, Site Lead
Leonardo DRS
Elaine Irving
Regional Service Manager
Heather Jamieson
Manager, Regional Affairs & Global Events
Communications Security Establishment
Stephanie Joseph
Coordinator, CSE Operational Production Coordination Centre
Heidie Kalmayer
Program Director
Abir Kazan
Senior Capture Manager
Jan Kennedy
Deputy Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Canada
Sarah Killoran
Account Executive
Stacia Kilty
Acting Superintendent, Operations
Canadian Border Services Agency
Bethany Kingsbury
International Business Development
BAE Systems
Caroline Kirouac
Training Development Officer
Nicole Lacelle
Senior Manager Cyber Security Program
Royal Canadian Mint
Stephanie Lambrinakos-Raymond
Head of Engineering and Propulsion
Lockheed Martin Canada
Leanne Lee
Senior Consultant
Joyce Leonard
Lead Policy Advisor
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Stephanie Levere
Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Navigation Programs
Canadian Coast Guard
Jill Little
Babcock Canada
Vanessa Lowe
Human Resources Manager
Saab Technologies Canada Inc.
Kathryn MacDonald
Core Engineering, Team Lead – Test Engineering
General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada
Joan Manning
Brittany Marier-Baumann
Welding Chargehand
Krysta Matthews
Supervisor, Telecoms Cyber Resilience Program
Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
Nathalie Michaud
Manager, Contracts
Jennifer Morse
Executive Director, SIU Corporate Team
Correctional Service of Canada
Peggy Nash-Butt
National Rehabilitation Consultant
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jennifer Nelson
A/Warden Interventions - Joyceville Institution
Correctional Service of Canada
Patricia Nelson
Sr. Business Analyst, SIGINT Program Implementation
Anna Newton
Planning Advisor, Fleet Foresight and Integration
Canadian Coast Guard
Thalia Niedra
Manager, Strategic Planning
Tara Oliver
Acting Classified Information Systems Second-In-Charge
Joint Information Intelligence Fusion Center
Emily Paterson
Senior Human Resources Advisor
General Dynamics Mission Systems - Canada
Mindy Pearce
Policy Advisor
Isabelle Pelchat
Superintendent, Icebreaking
Canadian Coast Guard
Jeryn Peters
Canadian Border Services Agency
Sonja Power
Systems Engineer – CSC-TSI-IMS Technical Lead
Lockheed Martin Canada
Kristina Proulx
Director of Innovation Operations, IDEaS Program
Defence Research and Development Canada
Mary Raposo
Zeena Rashid
Leonardo Canada-Electronics
Amy Ravanelli
Manager, Response Policy & Strategic Initiatives
Canadian Coast Guard
Courtney Rempel
Kimberley Roberts
Canadian Border Services Agency
Kasia Robinson
Director of Engineering
Ellen Rowe
Policy and Compliance Analyst
Emily Sandham
Supervisor - Privacy Policy and Governance Office
Government of Canada
Christine Scales
Section Head, Public Security Research & Development
Defence R&D Canada
Vanessa Sima
Deputy Director
Department of Public Safety
Stacey Smallwood
Contracts Manager
Thales Canada, Defence and Security
Melissa St-Jean
Director, Safety Management
Canadian Coast Guard
Jeetie T
Kaitlin Turner
Financial Planning Advisor, USS & LRA
Department of National Defence
Lisa Warner
Area Manager for Manufacturing Project Management
General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada
Nina Wesch
Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate of R&D Science Policy Integration
Defence Research and Development Canada
Gwen Willems
A/Manager, Community Response & Major Resource Projects
Canadian Coast Guard
Johanna Wood
Coding for Veterans
Leslie Woods
Senior Policy Officer
Department of National Defence
Roxanne Woolley
Anita Yengue
FWSAR Systems Engineering Officer 3

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