CAPTAIN NICHOLA GODDARD AWARD
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 new 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 others who live by Canadian values of inclusivity, innovation, ethical leadership and commitment.
This Year’s LAUREATE of the CAPTAIN Nichola Goddard award is SERGEANT Leslie Blair, RCAF
OTTAWA, ON: FEBRUARY 5, 2020
Thank you to our Captain Nichola Goddard Selection Committee members
Chair: Mme. Louise Mercier, Vice President and Group Leader Defence Procurement, Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Ms. Kathrine Rusk, Commercial Litigation Lawyer, Bennett and Jones (Nichola Goddard’s sister and representative of the Goddard family)
Mr. Tony Battista, IBM Canada Executive, Public Safety & National Defence
VAdm. Ron Buck (ret’d), Former Chief of the Maritime Staff
Mr. Richard Foster, Vice President, L3Harris Technologies Canada
HCol. Paul Hindo, CEO of Cyber Defence Corp
Dr. André Levesque, OMM, CD, FRSA
LCol. Sandra Perron, Régiment de Hull
Dr. Youri Cormier, Executive Director, Conference of Defence Associations (ex officio)