Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment


Wendy Gilmour – Biography

Wendy Gilmour is Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment since November 2022, the division responsible for facilitating the development and adoption of cutting-edge, innovative and interoperable capabilities, critical to ensuring the Alliance’s ability to undertake the full spectrum of missions and operations.

Wendy Gilmour joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1990, with initial postings to Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and Nigeria. She also served in the Office of the High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as a Political Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander NATO Kosovo Force, and subsequently as POLAD to the Canadian Commander Joint Task Force South-west Asia, post 9-11.

Ms. Gilmour served as Deputy Director in the Eastern Europe and the Regional Security and Peacekeeping Divisions, and as Director Peace Operations (including responsibility for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan), and as Director of the Sudan Task Force. She was posted to Colorado Springs as POLAD to Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in 2008-2010, and on return to Ottawa, joined the Department of Public Safety as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister.

Ms. Gilmour moved to National Defence in 2011 to become the Director General International and Industry Programs, after which she rejoined the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in 2015 to become Director General Trade and Export Controls.

From 2018 to 2022, Ms Gilmour served as Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan in Islamabad.

​Ms. Gilmour holds a BA (Honours) in Political Studies and History from Queen’s University at Kingston and served in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve as a Logistics Officer.