Summer Course on Intelligence and Security

Next dates to be determined

The course will offer participants, in a small seminar setting, an opportunity to engage in an intensive week of critical discussion and thinking on key aspects of the modern practice of intelligence and security. It will explore both a Canadian and international perspective and will draw out an appreciation of both the practitioner and academic/public policy perspectives on contemporary intelligence issues.

The Program

The course draws of the expertise of both an experienced intelligence practitioner and a leading academic authority. It will expose participants to some of the best literature on intelligence issues, while exploring the practice of intelligence through lectures, seminar discussions and case studies. The course will seek to deepen participants’ understanding of the nature of intelligence, its challenges, and its uses.

This intensive seminar course will be given during a one week period, organized around ten sessions of three hours each.

The sessions will be consist of a mix of lectures and directed discussion. The final day will feature special guests and presentations by members of the seminar. The language of instruction will be English.

There will be assigned introductory readings and the students who complete the course will be awarded a certificate by the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for:

  • officials currently serving in some capacity in the intelligence and security community who wish to deepen their understanding of the history of intelligence and current issues and challenges;
  • current employees of the government of Canada who have just accepted or just started a job in government in the intelligence and security community and need a rapid introduction;
  • government employees who intend to seek a job in the intelligence and security community and want a fuller understanding of intelligence and security issues;
  • government employees who work regularly with people in the intelligence and security community, or who regularly use material from the community, and want a fuller understanding of the origin and nature of intelligence material.

Participants who do not meet these criteria will be considered for admission on a case by case basis.

Covered in the Course

  • A Brief History of Intelligence;
  • Intelligence in Decision-making;
  • The organization of intelligence communities;
  • The major intelligence powers;
  • Intelligence Collection: methodologies, strengths and weaknesses;
  • Intelligence Assessment;
  • Intelligence and Policy-making;
  • Security Intelligence Issues and Cyber security policy;
  • Counter-Intelligence;
  • Modern Intelligence Challenges: Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Weak States;
  • Intelligence Oversight;
  • Intelligence in the News: Controversial Issues on Intelligence and Security.
Greg Fyffe


Greg Fyffe was the Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Staff (IAS) in the Privy Council Office from 2000 to 2008. The IAS prepares intelligence assessments. He was a Senior Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Program of the Canada School of the Public Service from 2008 to 2011, and a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa from 2008 to 2014, where he also taught a graduate seminar on security and intelligence with Wesley Wark. He co-teaches a two-day course on Strategic Thinking for public servants with Thomas Townsend. Currently, he is a consultant and President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies. Greg Fyffe is an instructor with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Leadership Program at the University of Ottawa, Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership.

Wesley Wark

Wesley Wark is currently a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He is a Professor Emeritus of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he taught from 1988 to 2013.

Professor Wark is one of Canada’s leading experts on intelligence and security issues. He served two terms as President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS). He was appointed a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on National Security (2005-2009) and of the Advisory Committee to the President of the Canada Border Services Agency (2006-2010).

Professor Wark is the author of an edited collection "Secret Intelligence: A Reader" (London: Routledge, 2009, second edition forthcoming). He was co-director of a research project a the University of Ottawa which was awarded a Public Safety Kanishka project grant from 2013-2016. He recently completed a study for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on "CSE and Lawful Access after Snowden." He is a frequent media commentary on national security and intelligence issues and an Op-Ed contributor to the Ottawa Citizen and the Globe and Mail.

Dates Next Offered



Centre on Public Management and Policy
University of Ottawa
Odell House, 180 Waller Street South
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9B9


$2,150 + HST

Included in the fee are: course materials, meals and coffee/ tea during the day and parking on campus. 

The course will be offered in English and will consist of a minimum of 8 students and a maximum of 20 students.

To Register

Candidates will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prospective candidates for the course are asked to send a brief statement of interest and a short bio detailing their career and educational background. This material should be sent electronically to the following address:

Once your participation has been approved please click on the appropriate date (above) to register.

If you have questions regarding the registration process, please contact us at, phone: 613-796-6100.

Please read our cancellation policy.

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