The Captain Nichola Goddard Award was created to recognize and honour a young Canadian innovator and trailblazer who has made a significant contribution to Canadian security and defence.

Captain Nichola Goddard’s name was chosen for this award because she was very much a game changer in her own right. Nichola was the first Canadian female soldier in a combat role killed in action (in Afghanistan on 17 May 2006). This award is about remembering Nichola’s vibrant spirit and celebrating other “Game Changers” who live by Canadian values of inclusivity, innovation, ethical leadership and commitment.



Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations may be made by individuals who are not members of the Selection Committee, or by organizations, and must be submitted in either of Canada’s official languages.

Simple Steps to Submitting your Nomination

  1. Fill out Nomination Form: Click here
  2. All nominations must consist of a clear summary of the reasons for the nomination.
  3. Biography of the Nominee
  4. Adhere to Nomination Deadline of August 15th, 2019
  5. Methods of nomination submission

Captain Nichola Goddard Award Selection Committee
Conference of Defence Associations and CDA Institute
900-75 Albert Street,
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5E7


Please note: Electronic submissions are preferred.

Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Jennifer Pitre
Director of Operations
CDA Institute

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