Canadian Intelligence Eh!

Is Canada an easy target for China’s spies?

No country can allow its sensitive technology to be stolen by foreign powers: so why does Canada do so?

Episode 203 – Is Canada being robbed blind by China in the latter’s search for technology?

The Canadian intelligence community has been warning about Chinese interference in our elections, harassment of members of the diaspora, and theft of our technology.  Alas, not many officials seem to care about this threat, at least  in Canada.  Can we, and should we, do better?  A discussion with a Canadian specialist on China and its efforts in our land.

Court decision barring Chinese student sends message about espionage risk, experts say | CBC News

Experts call on Canadian universities to close off China’s access to sensitive research | CBC News

About my guest

Margaret McCuaig-Johnston is a Board Member of the China Strategic Risks Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the Canada-China Forum, and a member of the Canada Committee of Human Rights Watch.  She is a member of the Canada-U.S. Commission on China, as well as a Policy Advisor to the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project.  She worked in the Canadian public service for 37 years in science and technology policy, programs and funding, and served at the Assistant Deputy Minister level at Department of Finance, Natural Resources Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. 


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. 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.