Understanding The Canadian Intelligence Community: Who Does What and Why


The course serves to provide non-practitioners with a basic grounding in the structure, functions and challenges associated with Canada's intelligence community. A number of exercises will be undertaken as part of the course construct.



  • How do you define "intelligence"?
  • What are the types of intelligence collection and analytical methods?
  • What is the intelligence cycle (process) and how does it function in Canada?
  • The Canadian intelligence community - structure, mandates.
  • Current challenges faced by the Canadian intelligence community.



  • This session would be of benefit to mid to senior level public sector managers who are not exposed to issues related to Canada's intelligence community, but who seek a better appreciation and understanding of the how the community functions at strategic and operational levels.
  • It may also be appealing to graduate level students in government policy disciplines.



12 hours



  • $995 (plus tax)
  • As of January 2023: $1095 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

John Gilmour joins the PDI team after a thirty-seven year career in the federal government in positions of growing responsibility. His initial professional experience was with Transport Canada and the management of Canada’s major international airports. This included serving as project manager and analyst for airport security programs. This led to a two-year assignment to the Security and Intelligence (Operations) section of the Privy Council office as a senior policy analyst, in support of the office of the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister (NSA).

From there John joined the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS), where he served in a variety of branches, most recently as the Head-Strategic Planning and Operational Analysis with the Service’s Counter-Terrorism Division.  Although retiring in 2018 from the Service, John continues to be periodically retained as a senior advisor for CSIS.

John has a BA from Carleton University (Ottawa), and a Masters and Ph.D from the War Studies Program of the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston). He serves on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) – Vancouver, and is a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI).



Event CodeTitleBegin DateEnd DateTermDelivery MethodRegister to Event
S00132211AUnderstanding The Canadian Intelligence Community11/1/202211/4/2022AutumnOnlineRegister to Event
S00132305AUnderstanding The Canadian Intelligence Community5/23/20235/26/2023SummerOnlineRegister to Event