June 12-23, 2023

Length of Course

10 days

9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT


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

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.

Course Summary

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 will be structured in such a way as to allow schedule flexibility for students and to impose only moderate demands on your online time. 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 online 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 this 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

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:

Selected candidates, once confirmed, can then register on our website at:



Wesley Wark

Wesley Wark

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation