Captain Nichola Goddard Leadership Award Call for Nominations 2023

Captain Nichola Goddard Leadership Award
Call for Nominations 2023

The Captain Nichola Goddard Leadership Award was created to recognize and honour a young Canadian innovator and trailblazer who has made an inspiring early or mid-career contribution to Canadian security and defence.

The Captain Nichola Goddard award is about remembering the leadership qualities of Nichola Goddard, her character and her vibrant spirit.  The award is intended to celebrate Canadians who live and succeed by the same values that Nichola demonstrated such as inclusivity, commitment, courage, and valour within our defence and security community including; Canadian Armed Forces, academia and industry.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Candidate must be available to attend in person the Ottawa Conference on Security & Defence in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Nominator must provide correct contact information for their nominee in order for the candidate to be considered for the award.

Award Criteria

  • Demonstration of the leadership qualities of integrity, humility, resilience, vision, balance, inclusivity, and commitment.
  • Demonstration of courage and valour.
  • Demonstration of Innovation either personally or professionally
  • Measurable accomplishments in early or mid-career
  • Serving as an inspiration for others
  • Demonstration of leadership principles of inclusivity, by opening barriers including (but not limited to) gender, race, language, or professional obstacles.

Nomination Process


The award will be presented during the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in March of 2024 and it is highly desirable that the recipient attend the Conference Award presentation at that time.


Nominators are asked to inform their nominees of their intent to nominate them and confirm their willingness to accept the award should they be selected. The nominator should also validate with their nominee that there would be no real or perceived conflict of interest in accepting the award.

It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that the file is complete and  accurate to allow the Captain Nichola Goddard Selection Committee to fairly evaluate the nomination. Incomplete files will not be retained.

All submissions are considered in confidence by the Selection Committee, and nominations will not be publicly disclosed, with the exception of the nominator of the laureate, who will be invited to attend the the Ottawa Conference free of charge and will be thanked publicly during the event.

Nominations are to contain the following documentation and can be sent to ;

  • Completed online Submission Form and Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae / biographical summary attachments.
  • Nomination letters of Support (optional)

CLOSING DATE: December 31, 2023