Canadian Intelligence Eh!

How important is intelligence sharing? Lessons from Europe

We all learned as children how to share and sharing makes us all better off. What about intelligence? How much should we give and take with other nations?

Episode 181: What can Canada learn from Europe when it comes to intelligence sharing?

Those of us who worked in intelligence are often accused of holding our cards too close to our chests. You know, the old “I could tell you but I’d have to then kill you” line. And yet, intelligence not shared in a timely and adequate manner can lead to all kinds of negative results (up to and including death). How then to do this better? What about the intelligence vs. evidence conundrum? How is Canada doing in this regard? Can it learn from others? Borealis breaks down these issues with Kelly Wong, analyst at the Canadian Senate, with particular reference to European practices.

About my guest

Kelly Wong is currently a Security Analyst at the Senate of Canada. Upon earning a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation with a focus in security, migration and constitutional law, Kelly completed her internship the International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor. She subsequently continued her training and consultancy at UNESCO headquarters, and has since worked several private intelligence firms throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Among other related domains, her professional interests include counter-terrorism, countering violent extremism and intelligence gathering/analysis.

Disclaimer: Any views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the Interviewee are solely that of the Interviewee and do not reflect the views, opinions, policies, or positions of any institution or organisation.

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. 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, and as a multilingual analyst at CSE (Communications Security Establishment) from 1983-2001. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the second edition of The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present, published by Double Dagger in February 2023.

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.