Woman of the Week – Kate Deveau

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Kate Deveau!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is about caring. Leaders who care deeply about something can inspire that same sense of care in like-minded others. Successful change is rooted in assembling an inspired team that has the ability to execute on ideas, but none of this can be accomplished without first agreeing on a mutual matter to care about. Beyond care, it is also about identifying a clear direction, instilling confidence, and having an unwavering conviction to achieve the goals of the team. Without care, leadership is soulless. Without action, care is for naught.”

Kate is a 2L in the Faculty of Law, on her way to receiving a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L/LL.B.). She received her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick where she was recognized as a Sir Howard Douglas Scholar. This program provided opportunities for her to intern with the Child and Youth Advocate’s Office in Fredericton and the Graham Boeckh Foundation in Montreal as well as a three-month human rights volunteer placement in Malawi, Africa. At law school, Kate is currently the Director of Outreach for DALA (Droit Autrement /Legal Alternative), a faculty club that highlights unconventional legal careers in the evolving world of the legal profession.

PC: Chloe Lim

A Day in the Life with Tofunmi Odugbemi

Tofunmi Odugbemi is a U3 Honours Political Science student with a Minor in African Studies. Tofunmi will be taking over MWIL’s Snapchat this THURSDAY OCTOBER 20TH (a.k.a. TOMORROW!!!) in her role as the president of the McGill Political Science Students Association – PSSA:

“Hey y’all! My name is Tofunmi and I’m currently in my last year at McGill. I was born in Nigeria, lived in South Africa and Lesotho before finally immigrating to Canadian Prairies. My life, at present, consists of the occasional meltdown over my honours thesis and night terrors about law school applications. The Political Science Students’ Association (PSSA) represents all students enrolled in major, minor, honours, and joint-honours undergraduate degrees in the department of Political Science at McGill University. We hold both academic and social events throughout the year and have numerous events coming in the next couple of months. This Thursday, I will be taking over MWIL’s Snapchat and you can experience a day in my shoes! I’ll walk you through what it’s like to have four classes in one day, how to survive office hours in the coldest office in Leacock (prepare for an inane amount of Snapchat facial filters), and how awesome Bar des Arts is––especially when they showcase the incredible Department of Political Science/PSSA. Come watch me be my spirited and talkative self (brush up on pop-culture because that is my vernacular) and I’ll see you on Thursday!”

Add MWIL on Snapchat via our username: mcgillwil, or by taking a snap of this picture!

Women In Athletics

Are you considering a career in athletics but aren’t sure where to start? Interested in learning from women who are excelling in the characteristically male-dominated field of athletics?

Join MWIL for our final speaker series of the 2015-2016 academic year!

This event will feature prominent professional women in athletics-related fields who will be discussing their careers paths and unique experiences! The speakers will also share their trials and tribulations, and provide advice for students who are interested in pursuing a career in athletics!

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session to provide you with an opportunity to engage with the speakers, and ask your own questions!

Speakers include Heather Engel, Alex Ketchum and Robyn Flynn! Everyone is welcome to attend!


Alex Ketchum is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at McGill University focusing on feminist restaurants, cafes, and coffeehouses in the United States and Canada from the 1960s to present day. Her work integrates, food, environmental, and gender history. She is the head coach of the McGill Women’s Lacrosse team and has served as a coach at various levels for the past decade. Her free time is spent running daily with her dog, competing in nordic skiing, white water and sea kayaking, and bouldering.

Robyn Flynn is a Montreal radio personality who is a host & reporter at TSN 690, as well as a producer at CJAD. She’s also one third of the popular podcast ICE LEVEL. Robyn’s road to radio began with a DEP in Professional Theatre from Dawson College, before she pursued broadcasting studies at the Montreal Radio & TV School, and Education at McGill University. Robyn also provides colour commentary for Canadiennes broadcasts on CWHLlive.com, and dreams of one day becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for the Habs.

MWIL Coffee House Event Photo

Thank you to everyone who came out to our MWIL Coffeehouse Fundraiser! Your donations to the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal are greatly appreciated!

Special thanks to all of the incredibly talented performers:

Alex Torrie
Chromatones Acapella
Emma Wen
Hanna Jevne
Hillary Williams
Jessica Condemi
Jordan Pollock
Martin Molpeceres
Samantha Gibson
Wendy and Sunny

Photos by Jay Rajpal.



MWIL is looking for passionate and dedicated students to join our 2016-17 Executive Team as vice presidents!

If you are worried about the time commitment, we will be opening director positions for our portfolios (Events, Fundraising, Mentorship, or Sponsorship) in the Fall. These positions have a lower time commitment and are a great way to get comfortable with the role of the VP if you would like to take that leap in the future!

PLEASE NOTE: If you are going on exchange during either the Fall 2016 or Winter 2017 semester, you cannot apply to be an executive. You are more than welcome to get involved in one of the portfolios as a director, though! Those applications will go out in the fall.

The positions open for applications are as follows:
VP Communications
VP Fundraising
VP Media
VP Mentorship
VP Outreach

If you are interested in applying, please complete the form below and send a pdf copy of your RESUME or CV to mcgillwil@gmail.com! Please include in the title of the email the position for which you are applying.

If you are applying for VP MEDIA, please send a small portfolio of your design work with your resume.

Your application will not be considered complete until you have done this!



More information about each position can be found on the application form. Please feel free to message our Facebook page, or send us an email, if you have any questions! Good luck!



MWIL will be holding a Coffeehouse in support of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and there are still some spots open for performers!

If you are interested in performing, the last day for you to sign up is Friday, March 18th. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to showcase your incredible talents! We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at: fundraising.mcgillwil@gmail.com.

Sign up sheet link: https://docs.google.com/…/1-co0MJrD5m0VVh-YkBIHk6…/viewform…

Trailblazers’ Testimonies: MWIL’s Second Annual Leadership Conference

THANK YOU to everyone who attended Trailblazers’ Testimonies 2016! We hope you had as much fun attending as we did organizing it.

MWIL would love to hear your feedback so we can keep improving this conference each year! We would greatly appreciate if you could fill out this quick survey and let us know your thoughts! Your answers will be anonymous, so all constructive criticism and positive comments are welcome.