Wednesday, May 20th  2020, at 19:30

PWA e-conference



Lt.Gen. Chris Whitecross

we continue our cycle of talks introduced this season with one of Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2011 and 2016, Lt. Gen. Chris Whitecross. She is the Commandant of NATO Defense College based in Rome. Her success in a male-dominated sector serves as an inspiration while we will try to understand which are the traits and the steps that most probably lead to success. 
Which have been the key challenges and success factors of her career?
How can integration between men and women be achieved in complex organisations and environments? 
What can a leader well acquainted with war zones advise us how to better cope with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Prepare your own questions and join this interactive online conversation.
The talk will be led by PWA friend, Dr Paul Vanderbroeck. 

About our speaker

Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross, CMM, MSM, CD
NDC Commandant
Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Canadian Military Engineers. Successive postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada, notably to undertake a range of staff duties such as those of A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment); Joint Engineer, Canada Command; and Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment).
Lieutenant General Whitecross has also performed the duties of G1/G4 for the Force Engineers at United Nations Protection Force (Yugoslavia); Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; Deputy Chief Of Staff Communications, ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan; and Canadian Armed Forces Chief Military Engineer at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa.
Lieutenant General Whitecross has a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Course and the Command and Staff Course, both conducted at the Canadian Forces College. A Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM), she was awarded the United States Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at ISAF HQ, and the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal for her service as the International Military Sports Council (CISM) Secretary General. Lieutenant General Whitecross was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2011, and then again in 2016; and was the 2018 recipient of the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) Institute 27th annual Vimy Award.
Lieutenant General Whitecross was promoted to her current rank on 26 May 2015. In February of that year, she was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct. In June 2015, she was appointed Commander, Military Personnel Command. Lieutenant General Whitecross assumed her current duties, as Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, in November 2016.

Our moderator

Dr Paul Vanderbroeck is an Executive Coach. He is passionate about seeing women leaders achieve the results they want. With his pragmatic approach, he directs leaders and high potentials to realistic actions in order to achieve ambitious goals. He is a friend of PWA since 2019. 



The participation is free.
All participants are requested to RSVP by Monday 18th via website and will receive all the details necessary to connect to the e-conference.
Registration commences at 19.15. The Conference starts at 19.30 and will last for one hour.

Register here

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