Understanding The Canadian Intelligence Community: Who Does What and Why


This course provides non-practitioners with a basic grounding in the structure, functions and challenges associated with Canada's intelligence community.


Learning Outcomes

  • Define "intelligence" and how a mandate for the collection and assessment of intelligence makes these agencies unique compared to others
  • Identify the types of intelligence collection and analytical methods
  • Understand the Canadian intelligence community, and its current challenges.
  • Examine questions of ethics associated with the collection and dissemination of intelligence



  • 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



  • $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).



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S00132305AUnderstanding The Canadian Intelligence Community5/23/20235/26/2023SummerOnlineRegister to Event