Welcome to The WPS Group! We are a team of experts in advancing gender equality and the women, peace and security agenda. We specialize in research, analysis and training within the context of peacekeeping operations and police and defense reform.
Kristine St-Pierre is a gender equality and women, peace and security adviser, researcher and trainer with specific expertise in peacekeeping and security sector reform. She has worked with international and Canadian organizations, government and academic institutions setting the groundwork for gender audits, advising on gender mainstreaming within programmes and policies, developing organization-wide gender equality and mainstreaming strategies, and developing and delivering training on gender equality and WPS. She has worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and more recently in Ukraine where she supported the creation and launch of the Ukrainian Association of Women in Law Enforcement and facilitated the development of the Patrol Police Academy’s first gender mainstreaming strategy. Ms. St-Pierre has written and presented on numerous aspects of gender, peace and security, including women’s participation in peacekeeping. She holds a Master of Journalism and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University. Ms. St-Pierre also sits on the steering committee of the Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada.
Carole Doucet is an international policy adviser, researcher, trainer, evaluator and advocate with subject matter expertise in women’s rights, gender, peace and security. She has advised both governments (especially in Africa) and international organizations, including but not limited to UN Women, NATO, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Centre, and multiple civil society and women’s organizations.
Ms Doucet has served as the senior gender advisor for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (2008-2011), the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2013-2015), and the Office of the UN Special Envoy for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region (2016-2017). She has most recently finished a consultancy for NATO, helping the Alliance work on their WPS action plan and their performance indicators. Carole has recently finished a position as Director of the Conduct and Discipline Team with the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO. Based in Goma, Ms Doucet’s mandate was to advise senior leadership on the application of UN standards of conduct in the Mission including the Zero Tolerance Policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.
Syvlia de Souza
Course Adviser (police)
Sylvia de Souza, Sergeant, has worked in the Canadian Police Mission in Ukraine since June 2018 and is currently the Gender Adviser providing training for the National Police of Ukraine in the area of sexual and gender-based violence. Prior to arriving in Ukraine, Sylvia worked as a United Nations peacekeeper/gender adviser for the mission in Haiti and as an international trainer for the UN Department of Peacekeeping train the trainer courses in the area of prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based violence. Sylvia is a contract instructor for gender courses at the Center of Excellence of Police Stability Units (Vicenza, Italy) and is in her 25th year of service for the Montreal City Police Department.