CGAI-WiDS Fellowship


The Canadian Global Affairs Institute is pleased to partner with Women in Defence & Security (WiDs) to offer a professional development fellowship. This opportunity aims to advance the careers of women in defence and security by offering one or more women mentorship, work and research/analysis opportunities with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, access to our publications and resources. This collaboration will select female graduate or post-graduate students, using the WiDS Annual Memorial Scholarship Process. Thanks go to General Dynamics Mission Systems – Canada for their support of the fellowship as its patron sponsor.

WiDSlogo.jpg Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) was established to promote and support the advancement of women in careers related to Canadian defence and security industries.

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Afton David

Afton David is currently Senior Legal Advisor at Davie, as well as a reservist in the infantry with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Previously, she works as legal counsel of Thales Defence & Security. She is a retired Rugby player (uOttawa Gee-Gees, Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, Québec provincial team), and a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s National Program, with a degree in Civil Law (LL.L) and Common Law (J.D). She also has a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018. She is currently taking a Master’s in Public Administration from the Royal Military College, with a keen focus on expanding her knowledge on the strategy surrounding Canada’s defence procurement system. Her main areas of interest are constitutional law, commercial law, and military justice.

Afton is the winner of the 2017 Canadian Bar Association’s Sword & Scale essay contest with her paper titled Neither Charity nor Special Treatment: Amendments to Sustainably Modernize the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act, which she wrote during her articles. She is also published in the area of medical assistance in dying and is mentioned in the Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution for her work on Amending the Constitution of Canada. In 2021, Afton co-authored a book chapter entitled “The Fork in the Road and the Path Not Taken”, in March to Justice: Global Military Law Landmarks, about the legal repercussions of R v. Généreux over the past three decades. Afton continues to look for opportunities to contribute to military justice improvement, and in 2023 she was invited to participate in the Commonwealth’s development of military justice principles in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Afton is also an amateur boxer, having participated in Ottawa’s Fight for the Cure in 2019 (benefitting the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation), and Clash of Cartier in 2023 (benefitting the CHofO Foundation). She continues to box in her free time.

Afton spends her free time playing sports, cooking, reading, spending time with her family & friends, and volunteering. Afton recognizes her incredible support system, family, mentors and champions, and she maintains that she would not have been able to achieve any of the above had it not been for those people. Afton also has a son, who is by far her greatest achievement.






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