Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Terrorism is an ever-changing threat that poses on-going risks to Canadian national security. In fact, Canada was the target of the largest single terror attack in history before 9/11, and the scene of foiled plots and deadly attacks in the post-9/11 era. Though the terrorism threat may fade from public view between attacks, it will remain an issue of concern for the foreseeable future and requires critical study.

This course will examine the terrorist threat to Canada and how it is being managed.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what does and does not constitute terrorism
  • Appreciate the roles of the various agencies tasked with countering terrorism
  • Examine how terrorism has changed in Canada over the decades
  • Discuss the future of terrorism and counter-terrorism



  • Anyone with a need to know in order to stay ahead of the curve in the complex world of security



12 hours



  • $995 (plus tax)
  • Courses offered in 2023: $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. (www.borealisthreatandrisk.com) and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East. He also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013, focusing on community outreach and training on radicalisation to violence, until his retirement from the federal civil service in May 2015, and as consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS) from May to October 2015. He was the Director of Security and Intelligence at the SecDev Group from June 2018 to July 2019, focusing on Islamist terrorism online. From October 2019 to April 2022 he was the Director of the National Security Program at the University of Ottawa’s PDI. Mr. Gurski has presented on violent Islamist-inspired and other forms of terrorism and radicalisation across Canada and around the world. He is the author of six books to date: “The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West” (Rowman and Littlefield 2015) “Western Foreign Fighters: the threat to homeland and international security” (Rowman and Littlefield 2017), The Lesser Jihads: taking the Islamist fight to the world (Rowman and Littlefield 2017), An end to the ‘war on terrorism (Rowman and Littlefield 2018) , When religion kills: how extremist justify violence through faith (Lynne Rienner 2019) and The Peaceable Kingdom? A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present (self-published 2021 – see here for how to buy https://borealisthreatandrisk.com/the-peaceable-kingdom/). He regularly blogs (Today in Terrorism and other issues), podcasts (Canadian Intelligence Eh! – available on his Web site), and tweets (@borealissaves) on national security and terrorism. He is a digital fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University. Mr. Gurski is a regular commentator on national security, terrorism and radicalisation for a wide variety of Canadian and international media. He is fluently trilingual in English, French and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Farsi (Modern Persian).



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S00192212ATerrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow12/5/202212/8/2022WinterOnlineRegister to Event
S00192304ATerrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow4/3/20234/6/2023SummerOnlineRegister to Event