Katherine (Kate) E. Todd is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, focusing her studies on Arctic defence and infrastructure development while respecting Indigenous rights. Kate is also a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserves, a Senior Fellow at Arctic360, a Graduate Fellow at the North American and Arctic Defence Security Network, a Fellow at the Policy Insights Forum, and a regular contributor to the CGAI's Defence Deconstructed podcast.

In 2023, 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, presented at the North American and Arctic Defence Security Network's 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, and completed a summer internship as a Policy Analyst at Canada's Department of National Defence.

In 2022, Kate hosted a podcast called Voice Above where she’s interviewed expert guests about current affairs including the Governor General of Canada, was a delegate at the Oxford Diplomacy and Geopolitics Forum, and a Junior Research Fellow at the NATO Association of Canada. In May 2022, she 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, and 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. 

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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