NPSIA-PT&D, in cooperation with Carleton University’s Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies, is pleased to announce the pilot offering of our 3-Day, Practical Certificate in National Security Intelligence workshop this coming Spring 2017.

NOTE. Due to a scheduling conflict we are unable to offer this workshop on the original dates of May 23 to 25, 2017.  In its place we will attempt to run the pilot workshop from Tuesday April 25 to Thursday April 27, 2017.  A later date in the 2017-2018 calendar will be forthcoming should registration  for this intake be insufficient to produce the required number of participants. 

Dates: Tuesday April 25 to Thursday April 27, 2017
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM daily
Location: 3220 Richcraft Hall / River Building
Registration: registration for this workshop is now open.  Please contact NPSIA-PT&D directly via email:

Fee: Special until April 14, 2017: $800 + HST
Then regular Registration: $ 1,000 + HST
NPSIA and NPSIA-PT&D Alumni and Ottawa Diplomatic Association fee: $ 900 + HST.

About the Practical Certificate in National Security Intelligence:

This program is designed to give a clear understanding of the historical development of the Canadian security intelligence community and the way it supports the formulation and implementation of policy by identifying, assessing and countering threats to national interests. The workshop focuses on what intelligence is, why it is an important tool for policymakers, how collectors are tasked and how intelligence is processed to generate assessments that inform the decisions of policymakers. It will also examine the legal and moral obligations which govern the distribution and use of intelligence. The workshop then concludes with a look at 21st century challenges facing Canada as a consequence of rapid technological change and the globalized threat environment – challenges which are likely to require an enhanced role for security intelligence.

This workshop will be of interest to participants from the public and private sectors whose organizations contribute to or use intelligence in the domains of national security, law enforcement and critical infrastructure protection. Media and interested parties from supporting departments and other levels of the public sector including provincial and municipal governments and the general public will also benefit from this comprehensive overview of the intelligence community and its role in maintaining public safety in Canada.

Note: While this workshop focuses on Canada’s security intelligence community it will also provide comparative examples from other democracies. Participants will be expected to read and discuss unclassified reports and academic texts during the workshop and contribute their particular perspectives and experiences in discussion groups. ‘Chatham House Rules will apply.’

What you will learn:

  1. Key terminology and concepts relevant to security intelligence.
  2. Overview of the architecture of the Canadian Security and Intelligence Community
  3. The role of the Intelligence Community in addressing/preventing threats to public safety and national security
  4. The tasking of the Intelligence Community and the process, by which intelligence is gathered, assessed and
  5. The legal and ethical principles governing intelligence accountability.
  6. Canada’s intelligence culture and emerging challenges.

Your training team:

Angela Gendron, Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Martin Rudner, the founder and first director of intelligence studies at the School. Together they combine the experience of a former UK intelligence practitioner with the academic insights of a world renowned researcher and teacher in the intelligence field. As teachers and trainers they have provided research and consultancy services to numerous democratic governments as well as other public and private sector clients.