NPSIA Capstone Students Present their Research to Government Partners in Ottawa and Toronto

For the second year in a row, NPSIA’s Capstone in Canadian Security Policy, taught by Professor Alex Wilner, has been a roaring success. Over the Winter 2018 semester, four Capstone research clusters were busy working with and on behalf of four different federal and provincial government partners. At the end of April, each research cluster successfully presented their final research reports to their partners in Ottawa and Toronto.

NPSIA student Pearl Almeida presenting at GAC’s AI and Human Rights Student Symposium

The First Cluster

The first cluster of students worked with the Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), on exploring how ransomware attacks challenge existing global and Canadian anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing regimes, strategies, and efforts. The group presented their project at FINTRAC’s headquarters in Ottawa. Over 25 analysts from across the organization and the Government of Canada attended the presentation. This was NPSIA’s second Capstone engagement with FINTRAC.

Prof Wilner, Krystene Robinson, Catherine Yogoro, Anna Jeffrey,
Alexandra Rosolska, Jacqueline Lalor, and Kathleen Matthews at FINTRAC

The Second Cluster

The second cluster worked with Global Affairs Canada (via its Digital Inclusion Lab) on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human rights initiative, assessing the challenges governments face and the opportunities they may have in governing the development and use of Artificial Intelligence. The cluster presented their research findings during GAC’s AI and Human Rights Student Symposium, a day-long event which brought together 10 universities from across Canada, along with over 100 public servants, academics, and representatives from the private sector, to discuss the nexus between public policy and AI. The presentations took place at GAC in Ottawa.

Pearl Almeida, David Kornhauser, Neelofar Haseeb,
Mark Fafran De Los Godos (Bryanne Mitton not pictured),
at GAC’s AI and Human Rights Student Symposium.

The Third Cluster

The third cluster joined Ontario’s Office of the Provincial Security Advisor (OPSA) in mapping out the risks, costs, and consequences of three major disruption events targeting the Greater Toronto Area. The group’s project required envisioning and measuring the effects of three different terrorist and cyber-based attacks on Toronto. The Provincial Security Advisor invited the group to Toronto and had them present their findings to the entire office. OPSA also arranged for a tour of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, at Queen’s Park.

Right to left, Victoria Simpson (in red), Hira Khan, Rupin Sawhey,
Gabriel Lafontaine-Chicha, and Somran Roy with Ray Boisvert,
Provincial Security Advisor, and OPSA analysts in Toronto.

The Fourth Cluster

Finally, the fourth cluster worked with the Bank of Canada on producing a 2030 strategic and security outlook for central banks that touched on everything from emerging disruptive technologies in cyberspace to political and economic instability. The group presented their foresight project to 15 members of the Bank’s Security and Risk Management Office at the Bank of Canada building in downtown Ottawa.

Andres Barker, Peter Dobrzynski, Muna Osman,
Prof. Alex Wilner, Andreas Arvanitis, and Jen O’Rourke,
at the Bank of Canada building, Ottawa.