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

Feb 19, 2019

Citizenship revocation is not the answer to terrorism

In light of the announcement by the UK government that it is considering revoking the citizenship of clearly unrepentant jihadi Shamima Begum, claiming that she is “eligible for that of another country” (Bangladeshi apparently although she has never been there), I thought I would reproduce what I wrote about citizenship revocation in my second book […]

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Feb 18, 2019

Why it is so hard to fathom terrorist threat levels

Well the last 24 hours have been interesting for me to say the least. It started when I binge-watched season 1 of Bodyguard on Netflix, a UK series on terrorism. Although there were some aspects I found a little far-fetched, I did enjoy the series and walked away with a profound sense of sadness that […]

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Feb 18, 2019

What if Canada stopped PVE/CVE – would it make a difference?

This piece appeared in The Hill Times on February 11, 2019. We in Canada have terrorism on the brain.  On any given day there is at least one, and unfortunately usually far more than one, terrorist act somewhere  on this planet.  Death and destruction executed by idiots who see the use of violence as God’s […]

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