May 21-31, 2024

Length of Course

10 days

9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET


Statement of Interest

Delivery Method



$1,825 CAD

Cost includes a non-refundable $25 registration fee


Wesley Wark

Wesley Wark

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

This online course will offer an intensive survey of the origins and history of national security and intelligence review in Canada, the current state of review practice, and the challenges ahead. Course participants will be made familiar with the legislative basis for the new review system created since 2017, the policy and political contexts of review work, and will study examples of current review reporting. The course will demonstrate best practices and objectives for national security and intelligence review.

The course is unique in Canada and has been offered in multiple sessions since 2019. It is taught by Dr. Wesley Wark, a leading expert in national security and intelligence review.

The course will be delivered online, with live sessions held in the mornings, from 9am-12pm.

Course Summary

The objective of the course is to deepen participants understanding of the fundamental changes impacting national security and intelligence review in Canada. The Canadian review system has been radically reshaped since 2017 through legislation that created the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency and the Intelligence Commissioner.

The course will feature a mix of presentations by the instructor, guest expert talks, case studies, and student-led discussion. An important facet of the course is the opportunity to discuss review practice and methodology with practitioners from across the NSI review community.

The online course will be delivered over a two-week period, 9am to 12pm. There will be asynchronous video presentations by the course instructor as well as live presentations by guest experts and scheduled online discussions. Registered students will be provided in advance with a detailed course agenda and schedule, and a recommended reading list.

The language of instruction will be English and all course discussions will be held under the Chatham House rule.

Who Should Attend

The online course is designed for:

  • Government officials seeking to better understand the new review system
  • Officials whose duties include review, either within the review bodies or the security and intelligence community
  • Parliamentary staff
  • Government communications staff

The course is restricted to currently serving Government of Canada officials. Students who do not meet this criterion will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Covered in this Course

  • The objectives of national security and intelligence review
  • The principles of review
  • The history of review in Canada
  • Major legislative changes
  • The work of the current review bodies
  • The role of the Federal court
  • The role of the Auditor General
  • Elements of review success and failure
  • Public expectations of review
  • Comparative perspectives—Review in the Five Eyes

To Register

Candidates will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Before registering, 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: [email protected].

Selected candidates, once registrations are open and their candidacy confirmed, can register until May 13, 2024 at 11:59 pm on our website at:



Wesley Wark

Wesley Wark

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

What Participants Say

Great opportunity to interact with key players


March 2023

“The most valuable was the opportunity to interact directly with representatives from key players across the review community. It's one thing to read on paper what the various organizations do, but to get the insider's perspective provides a unique context.

An empowered view of our role in the national security and intelligence review system


March 2023

As one of the many participants in this session that is new to my role, I think one of the most valuable learning outcomes of the course was the foundational knowledge that was provided on the state of the national security and intelligence review system, but also the insight on the challenges it faces, combined with an empowered view that our work is critical and much needed, particularly in light of recent events.

Dr. Wark's delivery was a highlight


February 2024

“The depth of understanding of the topic displayed by the professor, who managed to give a good overview of the material over the course of the two weeks through the seminars, break-out groups, and guest speakers."