Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Gender Mainstreaming in the Military: 
Economic and Social Implications for Ontario

(ERA - Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario)

On June 11, 2015, the Government of Ontario awarded CIDP Director Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky with an Early Researcher Award, consisting of a funding package of $140,000.00 over 5 years.  

The project focuses on the large role that the Canadian Armed Forces play in Ontario, and why it is imperative to understand the interactions between the women and men who serve on Ontario military bases.

It aims to connect the different professional experiences of women and men while in the military to their professional experiences after the military, while taking into account the changing demographics of the Canadian veteran population.


Research Team

The ERA research team is comprised of a Principal Investigator, one Master’s student, two PhD students, a research associate and post-doctoral fellow to conduct original research and generate policy recommendations.

Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky | 2016



Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky 
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies
Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP)



Meaghan Shoemaker | ERA Project Manager | Fall 2016



Meaghan Shoemaker 
Project Coordinator


Meaghan is a R.S McLaughlin Graduate Fellow (2016) and PhD student in the department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Supervised by Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky, Meaghan’s Master of Arts Research Project in Political Studies (2016) questioned what factors influenced the Canadian government and Canadian Armed Forces to be more inclusive of women, and how these factors influenced the integration of women throughout the military lifecycle.

Since July 2015, Meaghan has been employed as the coordinator for the Early Researcher Award Project led by Principle Investigator Dr. Stéfanie von Hlatky. This Summer, Meaghan spearheaded the inaugural Veteran Service Provider Internship, which placed Queen’s University undergraduate students with veteran service providers across Ontario. Meaghan also supports Women in International Security (WIIS) – Canada as the Program Assistant. In November 2015, Meaghan organized a workshop entitled Gender Mainstreaming in Canadian Armed Forces: Benchmarking with NATO Allies and Partners. This workshop was supported by the Department of National Defence’s Defence Engagement Program, the Ontario Ministry for Research and Innovation, as well as Queen’s University, and focused on the implementation of gender balancing and mainstreaming initiatives under the banner of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda.

Meaghan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph, graduating with distinction in 2015. Prior to her studies at Queen’s University, she was an undergraduate research assistant at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph.

Research Interests:

  • conflict and conflict resolution,
  • international security, and
  • military gender studies

Email: Meaghan Shoemaker

Lindsay Coombs | MA Graduate Research Fellow | 2016

Lindsay M. Coombs
MA Graduate Research Fellow



Lindsay is a Master’s candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. She recently completed a Bachelor with Honours in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa, and was named on the Dean’s List for maintaining a high academic standing. Lindsay has been awarded a number of bursaries and scholarships including the University of Ottawa Merit Scholarship, the Canadian Military Colleges Faculty Association Scholarship, the Canadian Airborne Forces Association Scholarship, and the Royal Canadian Regiment Association Scholarship. She has also received grants from both the University of Ottawa as well as Queen’s University to pursue her studies. Over the past few years, Lindsay has written a number of academic articles on topical security and defence issues for publication in both digital and print format.

In addition to her studies, Lindsay has worked as a Reservist with the 33 Signals Regiment (Ottawa), as a Security and Defence Analyst at the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) Institute, as a Project Coordinator at Shared Services Canada, and as a Security Officer with Commissionaires. Lindsay is also engaged with Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, a network dedicated to actively advancing women’s leadership, at all stages of their careers, in international peace and security. Lindsay is currently founding a student chapter of WIIS at Queen’s University.

Research Interests:

  • The Canadian Armed Forces,
  • women in security and defence,
  • international conflict and relations, and
  • defence policy.

Email: Lindsay Coombs

Marin Beck | PhD Research Fellow | 2016

Marin Beck 
PhD Graduate Research Fellow



Marin is a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar (2016), a Jean Royce Fellow (2016) and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University where she specializes in Gender & Politics and Political Theory. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Professor Margaret H. Little, explores an under-examined area in Canadian immigration literature: community and civic immigrant settlement agencies catered specifically to women. Her research examines how immigrant women’s organizations from various regions across Canada respond to gender-specific needs in neoliberal times, while also discussing the ways in which such organizations may reinforce or proliferate assumptions of socially acceptable gender roles for women in society, the family, and the workplace.

Marin holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree, specializing in Gender & Politics, from the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University (2014). Her MA thesis focused on Canadian print media representations of sexual minority refugees and how changes to immigration and refugee policies created unique challenges for such individuals seeking asylum in the Canadian state. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science at the University of the Fraser Valley (2012). She was awarded the prestigious Dean’s Medal of Excellence in the Humanities for outstanding achievement, high academic standing, and the most outstanding promise in her field of study. 

Research Interests:

  • Immigration; Canadian state & social policy; identity/difference politics and power;
  • feminist theory & praxis; critical theory; intersectionality.

Email: Marin Beck

Claire Gummo is a fourth year student at Queen's University as a Loran Scholar. She is a pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political and Gender Studies. Prior to working with the CIDP, Claire worked with international women’s rights NGO, the Nobel Women’s Initiative as a Policy and Advocacy assistant. Her research interests include women, peace, and security- specifically the role of sexual violence in conflict zones.

Email: Claire Gummo


Gender Dimension of Veteran Reintegration 
For more information
21 April 2017

Gender Mainstreaming in the Canadian Armed Forces: Benchmarking with NATO Allies and Partners
For more information
13 November 2015


For more information please follow the links below:

Queen’s Gazette: Province Injects 16 Million into Queen’s Research


Canadian International Council: Crisis at Home for Canada’s Armed Forces


The Ottawa Citizen: Why the Canadian Armed Forces Can’t Be Gender Blind