Canadian Intelligence Eh!

How does language use affect intelligence analysis?

How far can security services go in monitoring activities in their country and how do governments view threats?

Canadian Intelligence Eh! – Episode 146: How to do better intelligence analysis: a conversation with John Pyrik

Terrorism is a complicated term and one on which there is no universal agreement on the parametres (just look at how different nations define it).  The situation is made worse when governments unilaterally change language in ways that are unhelpful.   Borealis has a conversation with former CSIS officer John Pyrik.

About my guest

John Pyrik is a former intelligence analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). He has created a community-wide training program for Canada’s Privy Council Office and has delivered courses all over the world. He is currently teaching part-time for the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is the author “Eight Best Practices” in intelligence.

Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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