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

Sep 19, 2019

Today in terrorism: September 19, 1972

If you go far enough back in recent-ish history one of the terrorist groups that used to get a fair bit of attention was an outfit named Black September. Named after the month in 1970 during which the Jordanian armed forces clashed with fighters from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO – remember them?), which led […]

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Sep 19, 2019

Podcast 18 – The right resources focused on the right problem?

Podcast 18 of An Intelligent Look at Terrorism is now available! You can listen to it on multiple platforms: iTunes https://apple.co/2ObFoHk– Google Podcasts https://bit.ly/30JuCJQ– YouTube https://bit.ly/2lve498– Facebook https://bit.ly/2lW9K30– Podbean https://anintelligentlookatterrorism.podbean.com/ Let me know what you think or send me ideas for future episodes. You can reach me on FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@borealissaves) or Gmail (borealisrisk@gmail.com). Looking forward to hearing from […]

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Sep 18, 2019

Today in terrorism: September 18, 1997

One thing we know about terrorism is that it has no boundaries. No single language, ethnicity, religion, ideology or national entity – except maybe Antarctica: I cannot find any terrorist acts there – has an inherent wall around it to prevent terrorism from unfurling its violence on innocent people. Yes, some places suffer disproportionately from […]

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