who we are

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. He worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years, including 15 at CSIS, with assignments at Public Safety Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police . He specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism. He has spoken to audiences about terrorism across Canada and the US and around the world. He is the author of "The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-Inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West", "Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security", "The Lesser Jihads: Bringing Islamist extremism to the world", "An End to the War on Terrorism" (all available at Rowman and Littlefield), and the forthcoming "When Religions Kill: how extremists justify violence through faith" (Lynne Rienner).


We offer training for those who need the latest information on threats to your security. Whether you want a fuller understanding of groups such as Islamic State, updates on security situations in the world's conflict zones or insight into dealing with the terrorist "insider threat" we can help. Training is tailored to your requirements and we can address audiences ranging from small groups to audiences in the hundreds, as well as conference and symposium presentations. Contact us below to see what we can offer you and your agency! Nous offrons nos services en français. Ofrecemos nuestros programas en español.

recent posts

Jul 23, 2019

An Intelligent Look at Terrorism podcast: Episode 14 – Christian extremism

Episode #14 in the An Intelligent Look at Terrorism podcast is now available! Have a listen to what ‘Christian extremism’ is all about. You can access the podcast on multiple platforms. Let me know what you think! Youtube https://youtu.be/4lnTPKF-Nlc Apple Podcasts – – https://apple.co/2ObFoHk Google Podcasts https://bit.ly/30JuCJQ Podbean https://anintelligentlookatterrorism.podbean.com/ The Resilience Post https://resiliencepost.com/category/podcast/ Twitter @LookatTerrorism […]

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Jul 21, 2019

Is it ok to make fun of failed suicide bombers?

Suicide is not funny. Suicide bombing is likewise not a funny topic. Those who engage in such activities not only kill themselves but usually others and many of those others are truly innocent people. We might want to argue over whether a suicide attack on a military convoy or an army encampment is really terrorism, […]

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Jul 19, 2019

Was Islamic State really a “threat to all humanity”?

How dangerous do you think terrorism is? How often do you think about it? Do you worry about attacks where you live? Have you witnessed an attack or, heaven forbid, been the victim of one? The answer you provide will depend crucially on where you live. If you are a citizen of many parts of […]

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