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Security, Economics and Technology (SET)

As Canada progresses into the 21st century, it is experiencing changes at an accelerating rate in three interrelated areas: security, economics and technology (SET)Intersection of security, economics and technology (SET)

Canada's place in the world will be increasingly dependent on its security, its economic strength and its technological evolution. These issues are inseparable as Canada strives to keep pace with the unfolding new political orders and be prepared for the future by innovating and adapting to disruptive technology and global change.

Turbulence is a part of change.  We need to embrace, utilize and influence those changes without letting risk define our opportunities. Understanding our world will make us confident in making strategic decisions.

Our success will flow from our understanding of key events and trends in these areas of technology, economics and security. Whether you work in the public sector developing policy or you work in the private sector pursuing new business opportunities, the SET hub will provide access to subject matter experts who will explain the details and dynamics of these areas and who will help you prepare to navigate a positive and forward path in your responsibilities.

Security considerations are on the mind of all decision-makers in the public and private sectors, and indeed, of most citizens. The Institute is trusted source of knowledge and learning in security policy. It fosters substantive dialogue and provides continuing education opportunities with top security policy experts from around the world. The exchange of knowledge on the most current and emerging security issues leads to actionable policy options, informed decision-making and enhanced planning for resiliency.

Complete any five S.E.T. events or workshops to receive a Certificate of Professional Development from the Institute of Professional Development. Please note courses completed, in 2017 or later, under the former Security Policy Institute (SPI) umbrella also qualify for this Certificate.

    Upcoming SET Courses & Events

    Team in a meetingOperating Securely in High Risk Environments | October 2019 

    Today’s complex global security risk environment dictates that your organization must be prepared to protect its people, assets, infrastructure and reputation from a myriad of ongoing threats and risks everywhere it operates in the world. This is especially true in high risk environments. Read more.





    Canada and the Cyber Challenge 101 | October 2019Networking

    This course will explore the digitized world (the good, the bad and the ugly) in the Canadian context with a view to assessing the breadth and scope of the cyber reality within Canada and the policy challenges it poses with emphasis on the Federal Government. You will be able to identify security gaps that cross policy files, and develop integrated policies to anticipate and respond to cyber threats. Read more.




    Parliament Hill of CanadaCanadian Security & Intelligence Leadership Program
    Executive Program at the Telfer School of Management
    Registration Deadline: November 2019 

    Canada faces an array of challenges in the security and intelligence domains. Strong personal, organizational and strategic leadership is needed to ensure Canada faces these challenges, and is able to make the right assessment on priority needs and the most effective means of meeting them. The program is designed to enhance the skills of those who will provide leadership in the next ten to fifteen years. Read more.

    This course is offered by the Telfer School of Management and does not count towards the Institute's Certificate of Professional Development 


    Parliament Hill of CanadaTerrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | January 7, 8, 2020

    This intensive two-day course will examine the terrorist threat to Canada and how it is being managed.  Instruction will consist of a series of short lectures and case studies.  Participants will be engaged throughout and encouraged to offer their own views. Read more.

    Past S.E.T. Workshops

    • "From Global to National Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges"
    • A New National Security and Privacy Regulatory Framework: Key Impacts on the Private Sector
    • Big Data Analytics and the Future of Decision Making
    • Canada’s National Cyber Security Strategy
    • Canadian Security and Technology Strategy
    • Canadian Security in a Changing World
    • Compliance and Audit of Values and Ethics in Public Service
    • Countering Violent Extremism: An International Undertaking & Canada's Role
    • Cyber Security and the Cloud
    • Cybersecurity in an Era With Quantum Technologies
    • Cyberwar, Cybercrime, and everyday Cyber Attacks: How Nations Prevent and Respond to Cyber Threats
    • Doing Business in a Complex Geopolitical Environment
    • Effective Communication for Security Policy Development
    • Energy Policy in the 21st Century
    • Fighting ISIS: Canada's options
    • From Global to National Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges
    • Fundamentals of Anti-Corruption to Prevent and Detect Fraud and Corrupt Activity in Public Sector Organizations
    • Fundamentals of Forensic Accounting and Financial Controls to Prevent and Detect Fraud and Corrupt Activity in Public Sector Organizations
    • Future Connections: How we will communicate, work & play
    • Geopolitics: Russia, Iran, and North Korea
    • Global Terrorism and Implications for Canada
    • How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going? An Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East
    • Iran: Implications for Canada and the World
    • Readiness and Resilience in the Age of Disruption
    • Russia, Turkey, and the Black Sea Basin
    • Security Outlook: Potential Risks and Threats
    • Someone is Watching & Listening: Lawful Intercept
    • Technology as a Strategic Security Asset
    • Terrorism in Canada: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
    • The Rule of Law in Whole of Government Involvement in Fragile States
    • Track Two Diplomacy
    • Understanding the Rapidly Evolving Threat Environment: Building Organizational Resilience
    • Values and Ethics in Security
    • What to do with Returning Foreign Fighters
    • Facing Changes in the Military While Respecting the Rule of Law: Emerging Responses and Legal Issues | June 10, 2019
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