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CIC National (Ottawa): Career Expo Series: The Canadian Security Landscape – Making an ‘Intelligent’ Career Choice (online event)

April 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


The CIC National Capital Branch in partnership with the RBC Foundation invite you to take part in the next Zoom event of CIC’s Career Expo Webinar Series.

Are you interested in a career in intelligence, security or public safety?

Join the CIC National Capital Branch in a discussion about the future of the security industry with 5 retired professionals from the Canadian intelligence community. The event will be introduced and moderated by Laura Bradbury and Alfredo Porco, CIC National Capital Branch board members and members of CIC’s growing Young Professionals Network.

This event is for all individuals interested in a meaningful conversation about upcoming threats, considerations and developments in the field.

SIGN UP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UF5REz0cR2q8S59SGA-gTQ

Q&A: Fill out this form to submit questions in advance of the moderated discussion or bring your questions to the live Q&A! https://forms.gle/pMZFvNYa1Q836GA3A



Richard Brisson spent his 31 year career at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in Ottawa after graduating from the University of Ottawa with BSc in Mathematics/Physics and MSc in Systems Science. He is also a graduate of the National Security  Agency’s 3-year Cryptologic Mathematics Program. The first 20 years involved research and development within the field of Cryptology and Supercomputing. The new millennium brought about management roles first involving Cryptologic Exploitation and then the Target Analysis Center whose mission was to assure maximal leverage of current analytical tradecraft and to broaden the scope of collaborative tools, innovative intelligence analysis, target development,  access analysis of target data on the global network – all meant to benefit CSE and the 5-Eyes. Mr. Brisson has amassed a collection of vintage cryptographic and espionage artifacts from WWII to the Cold War (www.campx.ca) – he has lent part of his collection over the years to Ingenium, Diefenbunker and National Cryptologic Museum. He gives frequent Enigma presentations but also tailored talks for a variety of audiences including SIRC, CSIS, DND, University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, Mensa Canada, Countermeasure Conference, North-Carolina Cryptologic Symposia, etc.

Phil Gurski worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalization. From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specializing in the Middle East. He also served as senior special advisor in the National Security Directorate at Public Safety Canada from 2013, focusing on community outreach and training on radicalization to violence, until his retirement from the civil service in May 2015, and as consultant for the Ontario Provincial Police’s Anti-Terrorism Section (PATS) from May to October 2015. He was the Director of Security and Intelligence at the SecDev Group from June 2018 to July 2019. Mr. Gurski has presented on violent Islamist-inspired and other forms of terrorism and radicalization across Canada and around the world. He is an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter Terrorism (ICCT) in the Netherlands, a digital fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies at Concordia University, a member of the board at the National Capital Branch of the CIC (Canadian International Council) and an affiliate of the Canadian network for research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS). Mr. Gurski is a regular commentator on terrorism and radicalization for a wide variety of Canadian and international media. He writes at www.borealisthreatandrisk.com.

Alan Jones graduated from Carleton University in 1981 with a BA majoring in Law and Political Science and joined the RCMP later that year. Alan served in policing duties in British Columbia until 1985 when he left the RCMP and joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as an Intelligence Officer, where he served until 2013. At CSIS Alan served as an investigator, a senior manager and as an Executive in all operational programs, the majority of which was related to Counter Terrorism but also included diverse areas ranging from investigating Russian organized crime to policy development to Technology and Cyber operations. Alan also had the opportunity to hold the positions of Chair of the G8 Counter-Terrorism Committee and as a Senior Policy Adviser in the Privy Council Office, Security Intelligence Secretariat. After retiring Alan has worked as a consultant and is an Executive Advisor at the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute.

Valerie Keyes has been the Director of Personnel Security and Identity Management, Department of National Defence since 2014, with over thirty years of experience in the federal Public Service. She was previously the Director of Headquarters Integration and Strategic Requirements for the Carling Campus Project for the new National Defence Headquarters. She served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years prior to joining the Public Service. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Royal Military College of Canada, and in May 2015 became the first Canadian to receive the Master of Science in Leadership from the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St Louis. Valerie teaches on a variety of courses for Facilities Managers as well as Security and Intelligence Officers, focusing on leadership and communications. Her writings on leadership include papers for the International Facilities Managers Association and various Five Eyes fora. Valerie spent most of her Public Service career in National Defence, in such diverse domains as government relations, humanitarian policy operations, and Western Hemisphere defence relations. She also served as Special Adviser to the British Army on peacekeeping policies and doctrine, as well as ethos and leadership. Other appointments included Public Works Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and the Privy Council Office. Valerie was elected as the first woman President of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canadain September, 1998. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TEMBO Canada which supports education for girls and women in Tanzania, and of MADD Canada. She was a member of the Boards of Directors of the RA Centre Ottawa (President 2017-8), and the Canadian Fencing Federation. She was named a Top Female Executive by the International Women’s Leadership Association in the security and intelligence sector, and was featured in the Women of Distinction Magazine. She was also designated a Distinguished Graduate of St Clement’s School, Toronto, as a result of her work in promoting leadership roles for women. She is a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, the Canadian International Council, and AFCEA Canada. She has embarked on a doctoral programme focusing on the role of agnotology in public policy development.

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. Dan is an instructor in Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Ottawa. A graduate of Queens University, he has an Honours B.A. in History and Philosophy.



April 1, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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