IAWP 2018


161Days 15Hours 38Min 48Sec

The 2018 International Association of Women Police Conference will focus on the policing world and how we can all lead change in our communities and workplaces. During the conference, you will hear from leaders in personal and professional advancement in the following areas:

  • Organizational culture
  • Respect and harassment
  • Investigative strategies and case studies
  • Recruiting, employment and retention
  • Leadership
  • Community engagement
  • Working with partners
  • Wellness
  • Diversity and inclusion



Amanda Lindhout

Kidnap Survivor, Bestselling Author & Journalist

Sheldon Kennedy

Child Sexual Assault Survivor, Founder of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre

Chief Jennifer Evans

Chief of Peel Regional Police, the 3rd Largest Municipal Police Service in Canada

Caroline Ouellette

Canadian Hockey Olympic Gold Medalist


We are proud to play host to the International Association of Women Police 2018 Conference.

For the first time, this global event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary is a vibrant city known for its western hospitality, friendly spirit, shopping, incredible restaurants and unique activities. Calgary’s backyard is vast and boasts something for everyone. Only a short, one hour drive can take visitors to enjoy and experience the beauty and majesty of the Rocky Mountains, the picturesque prairies, or even the prehistoric Badlands of Drumheller.

The chosen theme, “leading change”, was selected to highlight the importance of issues currently impacting police organizations. Everyday changes occurring as a result of technology, social dynamics, as well as the economy and crime issues will all be featured throughout the conference.

This conference will benefit your police organization, as a whole, as well as the development of each delegate. We are very excited to host this event. It is an excellent opportunity, not only for the Calgary Police Service but police agencies around the world, to join our community and enhance women in law enforcement.

We invite and challenge each of you to join us and help lead the change.

We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Sueanne Ford & Bev Voros

The Calgary Police Service is honoured to host the 2018 International Association of Women Police Conference along with the annual IAWP award ceremony.

I welcome all delegates, speakers and sponsors to our city.

With this year’s conference theme of “leading change”, I am certain each participant will walk away with a greater understanding of the successes and challenges we all face in today’s era of policing.

Along with the everyday complex operations of a police service, we see more than ever the importance of building relationships with our external partners and communities. Most importantly, we see how our workforce is diverse in every way, requiring us to be adaptive, innovative and progressive in our human resource practices.

I congratulate the strong, collaborative team at the Calgary Police Service and the IAWP who have worked tirelessly to plan a meaningful and enjoyable event for all.

I look forward to meeting you here in Calgary and hope your schedule allows for you to take in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and our wonderful province.

Roger Chaffin
Chief Constable, Calgary Police Service


The IAWP was established in Los Angeles, California USA in 1915 by the first American policewomen as an international organization to provide professional development, mentoring, training, networking and recognition for female law enforcement officers and civilian support staff, as well as increase the numbers of women in policing. One-hundred years later, IAWP has members in more than 60 countries and continues the same traditions established by the founders.


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