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

Apr 25, 2019

Podcast #8 of An Intelligent Look at Terrorism: What happened in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday?

Episode #8 of the podcast series An Intelligent Look at Terrorism is now available on YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Podbean! My take on the Sri Lankan attacks  Youtube https://youtu.be/ckw6haPYDLI LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6527265196837343232 Facebook https://twitter.com/ResiliencePost/status/1121498494924140546 Twitter https://twitter.com/ResiliencePost/status/1121498494924140546 Podbean https://anintelligentlookatterrorism.podbean.com/e/on-the-terrorist-attacks-in-sri-lanka/

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Apr 24, 2019

Sri Lanka’s terrorist attacks and intelligence failure? What intelligence failure??

Imagine the following scenario. The weather outside is awful. It has been snowing for three days now and a lot of the white stuff has accumulated on the ground. In addition, the temperatures have hovered around zero (Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit) so there is a real risk of ice on the roads. Every TV station, […]

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Apr 23, 2019

Is tit for tat terrorism now inevitable?

When you are a child your first instinct is to hit back at others who have hit you or with whom you are frustrated (I see this a bit with my 19-month old grandson). We have to be taught not to lash out at others – in other words to resist our natural reactions. This […]

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