About the Security, Economics and Technology Hub
As Canada progresses into the 21st century, it is experiencing changes at an accelerating rate in three interrelated areas: 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.
The Professional Development Institute, through the SET program, has engaged with our community to provide relevant and contemporary knowledge on issues that are important to us. We have facilitated training and events designed to address your interests. In light of global challenges, the needs of policy makers, practitioners and the private sector, 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 a trusted source of knowledge and learning in security policy. It fosters substantive dialogue and provides professional development 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.
Did you know?
Complete 60 hours by attending any SET events or courses to receive a Certificate from the Professional Development Institute. Please note courses completed, in 2017 or later, under the former Security Policy Institute (SPI) umbrella also qualify for this Certificate.
- A one-day SET course provides 6 hours towards a SET Certificate.
- A two-day SET course provides 12 hours towards a SET Certificate.
- A three-day SET course provides 18 hours towards a SETCertificate.
- A Morning Brief or Lunch & Learn SET event provides 1 hour towards a SET Certificate.
You have three years from the start date of your first course or event to complete the certificate program. Provided you complete all courses or events within three years, you can pace your learning as you wish.
Upcoming SET Courses & Events
Online Distance Learning sessions
China's Technology Development Agenda: Implications for Canada - Morning Brief
Canada and the Cyber Challenge
Cybersecurity Management and Implementation
Intelligence in Strategy and National Security Policymaking
Security, Economics & Technology Blog
Browse Recent Posts
November 23, 2020 - Digital Citizen
November 16, 2020 - Why can’t the Canadian PM denounce a brutal act of terrorism?
November 2, 2020 - Piecing Together the Puzzle of a Potential Terrorist Plot
October 13, 2020 - State Sponsored Kidnapping - What are the oprions?
October 06, 2020 - The Taliban Deal & U.S. - Jihadist Negotiations
September 28, 2020 - This Threat to National Security may be out of this World!
September 22, 2020 - FUDging the odds: Security as business enabler
September 14, 2020 - Is the violent extremist issue bigger than a shoebox?
September 1, 2020 - Canada is getting a failing grade when it comes to terrorism prosecutions
August 17, 2020 - Canada must send a strong message to Saudi Arabia
July 22, 2020 - Russian Espionage and Dirty Tricks During a Global Pandemic
June 24, 2020 - Déjà Vu for Canada’s Security Intelligence Service
June 17, 2020 - So Canada is Bringing Back ISIS Women – Now What?
May 28, 2020 - How Foresight Could Help us Prepare for the Next Crisis
May 20, 2020 - Allegation from a Former Spy's Kiss 'n Tell Memoir
May 13, 2020 - "Money Often Costs too Much"
May 6, 2020 - Where is the COVID-19 terrorism spike?
The SET (Security, Economics and Technology) program within the University of Ottawa's Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a practitioner-based initiative where seasoned veterans in Canada's security intelligence and specialist communities share their experiences, their knowledge and their best practices. The members of our teaching staff collectively have more than 200 years of day-to-day involvement in national security spheres and are well-placed to offer reflections on what they have learned.
As part of their contributions to our understanding of security, economics and technology we are pleased to announce the inauguration of our weekly blog. You will read interesting takes on current events, all seen through the eyes of longstanding practitioners, and able to learn from them. We would also like to hear from what you think of our specialists' thoughts.
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
- How Worried Should Canadians be About Terrorism?
- Global Terrorism Index 2019 Briefing
- The Cyber Collaboration Imperative
- Threat in the Time of Pandemic
- The Outsider Among us