About Claire

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I am an analyst and researcher with national and international experience. With the United Nations, I worked in Rwanda with the UNFPA Country Office, contributing to research, policy briefing and communications. In 2018-2019 I was a Program Director for the NATO Association of Canada, which took me across Canada and to NATO allied countries via conferences and academic opportunities. In both roles I focused on gender equality, women in peace and security, and democratic institutions, with my academic and editorial writing reflecting this.

My work with the United Nations was brief but rewarding, as my first full time role abroad. I’m grateful to have contributed to advocacy and policy papers on access to abortion, limitations on contraceptives for teenagers, the barriers faced by teen mothers, and the impacts of high fertility on low income populations. I filled a gap in the Communications department given my history in journalism during a long hiring period, reassessing their unit’s assets and protocols for improvements. As one of the few English first language staff in the country office, I was a valuable addition to projects across every unit and gained invaluable experience from being included and relied on in more meaningful ways than translation.

With the NATO Association of Canada, my task was to explore the history of the alliance and the challenges it faces today. Programming went beyond the same tired topics and usual suspects to address gender security, climate change, refugees and migration, civilian-military relationships and so much more. As the Association’s primary contact in Ottawa, the larger part of my role was to build and sustain relationships with diplomats and ambassadors, politicians and bureaucrats including those at the Department of National Defence and Global Affairs, and civil society counterparts. I travelled to such places as Berlin, Paris, Montreal and Toronto in this capacity, working to grow our association as well as our youth counterparts and partners as leaders in our respective networks.

As a parliamentary reporter, I focused heavily on National Security as well as contributing to the newsoom’s broad political coverage. I’ve had bylines in Open Canada, the National Post, the Telegraph Journal, the Chronicle Herald, and Vice, among others. I’ve done hits for tv and radio, for CTV and CBC – you learn to tell stories on every medium in this modern day journalism.

I’ve had academic essays shared and presented at several conferences around the world and have hsoted and spoken at events, workshops and seminars. My career has been a practicum in international relations and diplomacy, and one I am very grateful to have met so many generous and kind people throughout.

I graduated from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University with double honours in Journalism and Political Science, respectively. I’ve been accepted to study my master’s in 2020-2021 with King’s College London, so we’ll see how that shakes out amid the global pandemic.

I’m a proud member, supporter and sometimes volunteer in several organizations: the Women Peace and Security Network; Women in International Security – Canada; the Canadian International Council; Oxfam Canada, and TSAS, the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (to name a few).

I am English native with French (intermediate) and German (pathetic).