Intelligence Tradecraft and Government Outcomes


The collection of secret intelligence enhances Canada’s ability to safeguard its national security with respect to terrorism, espionage, and foreign-influenced activities. The government’s appetite for timely and useful security intelligence has never been greater in this continually evolving, and diverse, global threat environment. How effectively our government uses intelligence to carry out its national security policies relates directly to the usefulness of unique, and exclusive, secret information. This course takes a deep dive into the collection of intelligence and reviews the complex world of disclosure and advisory mechanisms.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand intelligence requirement driven collection, investigative basics such as surveillance, and the high impact value of a human source.
  • Discuss intelligence successes and failures in recent history. Both HUMINT and SIGINT.
  • Identify the differences between intelligence and evidence.
  • Appreciate the rationale behind the threat disruption powers.
  • Identify fabricators - the bane of intelligence work - in national security investigations.



  • This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in national security, intelligence driven policy, S&I Review, and federal prosecutions, regardless of career path, and those aspiring to work in security/intelligence, military intelligence, Justice Canada, and Parliamentary Review. The workshop will deepen the knowledge base of those already employed within these fields.



6 hours



  • $655 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Daniel M. Stanton served for thirty-two years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, including twelve years as an Executive Manager in operations. Mr. Stanton had a lengthy career in domestic and international operations. He is the Director of the National Security Program at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. A graduate of Queens University, Mr. Stanton has an Honours B.A. in History and Philosophy.


I really enjoyed the atmosphere created by this instructor and his ability to track and quickly answer all our questions/respond to our comments. I also appreciate his strong interest in World War 2 history and for balancing intelligence information with modern and historical examples. I would take another course with this instructor without hesitation.   


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S00112301AIntelligence Tradecraft and Government Outcomes1/12/20231/13/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event