The collection of secret intelligence enhances Canada’s ability to safeguard its national security with respect to terrorism, espionage, and foreign-influenced activities. The government’s appetite for timely and useful security intelligence has never been greater in this continually evolving, and diverse, global threat environment. How effectively our government uses intelligence to carry out its national security policies (law enforcement, support to military operations, diplomacy, and threat mitigation) relates directly to the usefulness of unique, and exclusive, secret information.
We will take a deep dive into how intelligence is collected, review the complex world of disclosure and advisory mechanisms. We will acquire an understanding of the rationale underpinning the controversial threat disruption powers (Bill C 51), which strengthened Canada’s national security regime.
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Daniel M. Stanton served for thirty-two years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, including twelve years as an Executive Manager in operations. Mr. Stanton had a lengthy career in counterintelligence, counter-proliferation, and counterterrorism, with recognized expertise in human source recruitment, handling, validation, and training.
Mr. Stanton is President of Promethean Intelligence Consulting, a leader in the development of Insider Threat risk assessments for private and public sectors, and for practical performance measurements in time-sensitive and legally compliant environments. A graduate of Queens University, Mr. Stanton has an Honours B.A. in History and Philosophy.