Ambika Varma Women in Security

#16DaysOfActivism Interview Series: The Honourable Kirsty Duncan

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign might be over, but the work never stops. For the campaign, the NATO Association of Canada has compiled an interview series with women doing great work in Canada to showcase why it is important to act against gender-based violence.


Canada’s Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, is a strong and tenacious leader. Through her experiences as a woman in the STEM field, she has showcased what it means to be resilient in the face of adversity. Minister Duncan was an Associate Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto and the former Research Director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. She is an accomplished academic, having sat on the Advisory Board for the Pandemic Flu for the Conference Board of Canada. She has also sat on the boards for the Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment, the Scottish Studies Foundation, the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto, and the Toronto Foundation for School Success. Minister Duncan is passionate about fighting climate change and helping Toronto’s youth find success.


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Interview conducted by Ambika Varma.


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Ambika Varma
Ambika Varma is a Program Editor for Women and Security. She is a York University graduate with a degree in the biomedical sciences. Ambika has worked as a translator for various UN organizations and as a Compliance Analyst for the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto. She is highly interested in global health security protocols, the impact of biological weaponry, and the impact of disease on security issues. As an intern for the NAOC, Ambika hopes to engage with important security issues and gain a deeper understanding of the various actors at play. Ambika loves art and literature, and plays the violin!