Women In Leadership

The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to once again host a Women in Leadership Forum.

The forum, which is scheduled to take place January 18, 2018, is a chance for members to connect and inspire each other while discussing how our Service can better meet the needs of our diverse workforce.

In 2016, a total of 95 women attended the forum, including 45 civilian professionals and 50 uniform staff. Members had the chance to hear from other successful women including, Barrie Police Chief Kimberly Greenwood, Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans and Renison University College Assistant Professor Dr. Kathy Hogarth.  Members said they left the forum feeling empowered and excited for the year ahead. 

Although the forum was open to only women in 2016, all members are invited to attend this year to share ideas and discuss creative ways that we, as a Service, can embrace our differences and, in doing so, strengthen our organization.

Along with a chance for discussion and dialogue, the forum will also feature presentations from the following inspirational speakers:

  • The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, Minister of Small Business and Tourism and recipient of the Pink Attitude Evolution's "Woman of the Year" award.
  • Ben Yang, Director, Global Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University and recipient of the 2010 Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) Internationalization Leadership Award.
  • Rosemary Smith, leadership consultant and former CEO of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. She was named Kitchener-Waterloo's Citizen of the Year in 2009 and has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the Cambridge YWCA. She currently serves on Waterloo Regional Police Service's Board.

"This forum provides an open and accessible opportunity for all members to leverage our differences so we can continue to make WRPS more inclusive, equitable and enjoyable," said Bryan Larkin, Chief of Police.


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