Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Back on popular demand, this course examines the terrorist threat to Canada (and how it is being managed) with a series of short lectures and case studies.

I will again be offering my popular course Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow as part of the University of Ottawa’s Security, Economics and Technology program. A few spots are still available. Sign up!

Terrorism is an ever-changing threat that poses on-going risks to Canadian national security. In fact, Canada was the target of the largest single terror attack in history before 9/11, and the scene of foiled plots and deadly attacks in the post-9/11 era.  Though the terrorism threat may fade from public view between attacks, it will remain an issue of concern for the foreseeable future and requires critical study.

This intensive two-day course will examine the terrorist threat to Canada and how it is being managed.  Instruction will consist of a series of short lectures and case studies.  Participants will be engaged throughout and encouraged to offer their own views.

Where and when:
University of Ottawa
January 7-8, 2020
09:00 – 16:00

  • Understand what does and does not constitute terrorism
  • Appreciate the roles of the various agencies tasked with countering terrorism
  • Examine how terrorism has changed in Canada over the decades
  • Discuss the future of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Anyone with a need to know in order to stay ahead of the curve in the complex world of security

Phil Gurski is President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil worked as a senior strategic analyst for CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown extremism and radicalization.

From 1983 to 2001, he worked as a senior multilingual analyst for Communications Security Establishment, specializing in the Middle East. He has written extensively on terrorism issues. His most recent book is When Religion Kills.

Phil was recently given the title of Program Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) portfolio at the Professional Development Institute.

When Religion Kills: How Extremists Justify Violence Through Faith (2019)

Christian fundamentalists. Hindu nationalists. Islamic jihadists. Buddhist militants. Jewish extremists. Members of these and other religious groups have committed horrific acts of terrorist violence in recent decades. Phil Gurski explores violent extremism across a broad range of the world’s major religions.

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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