2019 Fellowship Program
The 2019 Class of the Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship brings together 11 diverse and accomplished women from 10 different countries. All Fellows are senior ranking active-duty officers and represent varying branches of military with a broad spectrum of responsibilities. Halifax International Security Forum is proud to welcome its second class of distinguished Fellowship leaders to the Halifax network.
On October 29, 2019, the second class of the Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship gathered for the first time in Washington DC. They spent the next three weeks travelling from Washington DC to Silicon Valley, Toronto and Waterloo, and Ottawa before attending the Forum in Halifax from November 22-24.
The program intentionally drew from diverse sectors, including defense, science and technology, media, academia, and civil society. In keeping with the organization’s goal of advancing a modern vision of security, the Fellowship aimed to extend beyond the traditional definitions of domestic and international security. Some highlights include meetings with:
In the United States
Former Secretary of State of the United States, Madeleine Albright
Secretary of the United States Navy, Richard V. Spencer
Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
Defense Innovation Unit
United States Institute of Peace
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Her Excellency The Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada
Deputy Minister of National Defence of Canada, Jody Thomas
Minister of National Defence of Canada, Harjit Sajjan
Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada, General Jonathan Vance
Global Affairs Canada
Canadian Forces College
Defence Research Development Canada
Council of Canadian Innovators
Defence and Security Foresight Group
NATO Association Canada
Stakeholders, observers, and the Fellows themselves declared the program a tremendous success. Halifax International Security Forum remains committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in international security and looks forward to welcoming the 2020 Peace With Women Fellows to Washington DC when the program begins in October.
The full complement of engagements during the Fellowship can be found in the 2019 Program and Impact Report.