Summer Course on Intelligence and Security

August 15-26, 2022

The professional summer course will examine key aspects of the modern practice of intelligence and security. The course instructors explore both a Canadian and an international perspective, drawing on practitioner and academic expertise and literature. Owing to precautions taken in light of COVID-19 and in keeping with University protocols, the course, which has been offered since 2009, will be delivered completely online for the summer of 2022.

The Program

The core objective of the course is to deepen participants’ strategic understanding of the fast- changing nature of intelligence, its challenges, uses, and significance. The governance, legal, and accountability frameworks for Canadian security and intelligence will be an important part of the course.

The course draws on the perspectives of both an experienced intelligence practitioner and a leading academic expert. The course will feature a variety of online content delivery, including live presentations by the instructors and guest experts, pre-recorded videos, case studies, and small group and plenary discussions.

The course is designed to impose only moderate demands on your online time and to allow for work schedule flexibility. Live online sessions will take place during the morning segments of the course from 9-12:00. Registered students will be provided in advance with a detailed course agenda and schedule. Suggestions for key documentary readings will be provided to supplement the presentations and discussions.

The language of instruction will be English. All presentations and discussions will draw on information in the public domain and will be held under the Chatham House rule.

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.

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

Covered in the Course

  • Historical context of Intelligence
  • The organization and governance of Canadian intelligence
  • Intelligence collection methodologies
  • The role of assessment
  • Intelligence and Policy
  • New and old threats
  • Safeguarding Intelligence, including the counter-intelligence mission
  • Review and accountability
  • Cyber espionage and security
  • Technological Impacts
  • Canada and its allies
Greg Fyffe


Greg Fyffe was the Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (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.

Currently, he is a consultant and Past President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies. Greg is an instructor/facilitator with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Leadership Program, the Public Policy Leadership Program, and for the course Strategic Thinking for the Public Sector, at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership.

Wesley Wark

Wesley Wark is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo and a professor emeritus of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He is one of Canada’s leading academic experts on national security and intelligence. He is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies and served for two terms as President. He served on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on National Security between 2005 and 2009 and has testified before Parliamentary committees on national security and intelligence issues on numerous occasions.

His most recent book is an edited volume, Secret Intelligence: A Reader (2nd edition 2019). He recently published a collection of essays for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) on “Security, Intelligence and the Global Health Crisis.”

He is co-lead of a major project sponsored by the Centre for International Governance Innovation on “Re-Imagining Canadian National Security Strategy for the 21st Century”.

Dates Next Offered

August 15-26, 2022.


This course will be offered entirely online.


$1,600 + HST

All course materials are included in the fee. The class size will be kept small to enhance engagement and discussion opportunities. Should the course reach its maximum enrolment this will be indicated on the online registration page.

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 (below) to register.

August 15-19 & 22-26, 2022

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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