Terrorism is an ever-changing threat that poses on-going risks to Canadian national security. In fact, Canada was the target of the largest single terror attack in history before 9/11, and the scene of foiled plots and deadly attacks in the post-9/11 era. Though the terrorism threat may fade from public view between attacks, it will remain an issue of concern for the foreseeable future and requires critical study.
This intensive 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.
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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).