The Practical Certificate in Canadian National Security

National security is the condition achieved when a country is able to protect its social, economic and political stability from internal and external clandestine threats, as well as the overt threat of political violence. Traditionally, national security threats include violent extremism, espionage and clandestine foreign influence. However, the nature of these threats is changing, creating new policy challenges and requiring collaboration across security agencies and non-traditional government partners.  In this workshop we look at the challenges and the Canadian Federal government’s institutional and legislative mechanisms to manage threats and adversity in this dynamic global environment.

Dates: Monday, June 10 and Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

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Training Location:
Times:  9 AM to 4 PM ET daily
Fee: $ 800.00 + HST.
NPSIA and NPSIA-Alumni, and Ottawa Diplomatic Association members: $ 750.00 + HST.

About this workshop:

The workshop offers an introductory review of currently evolving threats to Canada’s national security and an examination of their impact. It provides an overview of the Canadian national security community, its legal framework, and the ethical challenges that it faces. Within this context, the program more fully explores the challenges of violent extremism, espionage, and clandestine foreign interference.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of various national security departments and agencies.
  • Recognize and apply knowledge about national security challenges in Canada.
  • Identify trends affecting national security challenges that Canada faces.
  • Understand the implications of evolving threats for departments and agencies traditionally outside the framework of national security.
  • Apply knowledge about national security threats to the context of their own work.

Who should attend?

This workshop is ideal for public servants, at all levels across Canada, who are newly employed with a national security mandate or have recently added national security files to their work. This workshop will also be useful for law-enforcement and armed forces personnel, journalists, professionals working in civil-rights, civil-society and governance, and anyone seeking an introduction to Canadian national security at a foundational level.

Featured instructor: Dr. Stephanie Carvin

Dr. Stephanie Carvin is an Associate Professor at Carleton University and a former national security analyst. She holds a Masters and PhD from the London School of Economics and is the author of Stand on Guard: Reassessing Threats to Canada’s National Security (University of Toronto Press, 2021), co-editor of Top Secret Canada: Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community (University of Toronto Press, 2021) and co-author of Intelligence Analysis and Policy Making: The Canadian Experience (Stanford University Press, 2021)