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No, you do not need a BA to be a spy

It is time to stop ruling out great Canadians from our intelligence agencies just because they never went to university.

Just about every job these days lists a BA as a basic requirement. That goes for national security as well. Except that knowledge and experience are much more important qualities and often come without a BA. It is time to stop ruling out great Canadians from our intelligence agencies just because they never went to university.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

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