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

Aug 24, 2019

A humble plea for transparency and honesty when declaring ‘expertise’ on terrorism

We all know that ‘experts’ are a dime a dozen. It seems that you cannot read an article or watch an interview without someone introduced as an ‘expert’ on this topic or that topic. And in truth it is good to have real experts available to help us understand complicated topics as none of us […]

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Aug 24, 2019

More options for listening to episode 16 of the podcast An Intelligent Look at Terrorism

You can have a listen to episode 16 of my podcast in the series An Intelligent Look at Terrorism on several platforms: Podbean https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-45wsf-bcb22c Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/2ObFoHk Google Podcasts https://bit.ly/30JuCJQ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LookatTerrorism/videos/493836844706757/  Youtube https://youtu.be/vRAA4ho_LJA  Let me know what you think!

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Aug 23, 2019

Episode 16 of the podcast An Intelligent Look at Terrorism: a 12-year old on 9/11

So excited about episode 16 of the podcast An Intelligent Look at Terrorism – an interview with my daughter Erin on what it was like to witness 9/11 as a 12-yr old and what terrorism means to her now. Have a listen!

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