Katherine (Kate) E. Todd is a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves, a Senior Fellow at Arctic360, and a Fellow at the North American and Arctic Defence Security Network.  

In 2024, Kate graduated with a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, where she focused her studies on Arctic defence, infrastructure and economic development, and Indigenous rights. 

During this degree, she was awarded the Women in Defence and Security – CGAI Fellowship, a SSHRC scholarship, and Department of National Defence Mobilizing Insights in National Security and Defence Studies scholarship to fund her research. 

She also presented at the Canadian Defence Association Institute’s 2024 Graduate Student Conference, the North American and Arctic Defence Security Network's 2023 Emerging Leaders Week panel on maritime security in the Arctic and Emerging Ideas Series panel on Arctic Perspectives, was a Senior Editor at the NATO Association of Canada, Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, completed a summer internship as a Policy Analyst at Canada's Department of National Defence, and was recognized as one of The Peak’s 2024 Top 35 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in politics and government.

In 2022, Kate graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts with honours specializing in political science and minoring in public law, was awarded the University of Toronto's prestigious John H. Moss Scholarship that recognizes one undergraduate student per year across all three University of Toronto campuses for their academic achievement and community leadership, hosted a podcast called Voice Above where she’s interviewed expert guests about current affairs including the Governor General of Canada, and was a Junior Research Fellow at the NATO Association of Canada. 

Kate’s research interests include Arctic, economic, maritime, and national security and defence, Indigenous and constitutional rights, northern development, group identity politics, emerging technologies, and intergovernmental relations in Canada. 

You can connect with Kate at [email protected] or



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