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Canadian Security & Intelligence Leadership Program

Canada and its domestic and international partners face a complex array of challenges in the security and intelligence domains. Strong personal, organizational and strategic leadership will be needed in the coming years to ensure Canada is prepared for these challenges, and able to make the right assessment on priority needs and effective means of meeting them. The Canadian Security and Intelligence Leadership Program is designed to enhance the skills of those who will be providing leadership in the next ten to fifteen years.

"The safety and security of Canadians is one of the Government of Canada’s most important priorities. Programs such as the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership’s Canadian Security and Intelligence Leadership Program are critical to ensuring that our public service leaders are prepared to provide vital and timely information and advice to Government, as well as ensure that our security and intelligence apparatus has the tools it needs to effectively keep Canadians safe.”
- Mark Holland, Member of Parliament for Ajax (Ontario) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada


Orientation: January 8, 2019
Module 1: January 15-17, 2019
Module 2: February 26-28, 2019
Module 3: April 9-11, 2019
Module 4: May 7-9, 2019


$11,500 + HST


The program is 12 days delivered in 4 modules over 5 months

How to Register

The registration deadline is November 30, 2018.

Interested participants must be nominated by their department or agency. To complete the nomination process, please send a letter of support from your ADM (or equivalent), a copy of your CV, and a letter of motivation for taking the program (no longer than one page). All documents must be submitted to the Program Coordinator, Margaux Carson, by e-mail at

Please fill out the online registration form.

Our payment & cancellation policy can be found HERE.


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for promising executives (EX 1 and 2 or equivalent) in departments and agencies with a security and intelligence mandate, the program will expand executives’ frame of reference in order to prepare them for positions of greater responsibility and to facilitate transitions into senior leadership roles in the Canadian security and intelligence community.

What You Will Learn

  • How to provide strategic advice to decision-makers
  • How enduring issues in security and intelligence may unfold in the future
  • How experienced S&I leaders deal with current and anticipated challenges
  • How to use internal and external partnerships to share information across organizational boundaries
  • How to anticipate critical issues and respond to crises
  • How to build personal and organizational resilience 
  • How to understand the leadership challenges of the changing cyber world
  • How to deal with the legal and ethical issues in S&I leadership

Program Takeaways

  • Strategies for maintaining a positive mindset when experiencing disagreement and conflict. 
  • Strategies for leading in complex systems.
  • Methods for leveraging contradictions to increase stakeholder support and policy sustainability.
  • Principles and strategies for leading change.
  • Strategies for developing and managing talent.

Instructor Profile(s)

Greg Fyffe served in ADM positions in Solicitor General, Citizenship and Immigration, and the Privy Council Office, where he was Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat (2000-2008). After retiring from the Public Service he was a senior fellow with the Advanced Leadership Program of the School of the Public Service (2008-2011). From 2008 to 2014 he was also a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of International Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa, where he co-taught a graduate course on intelligence (2009-2016). He also co-teaches teaches a one-week summer course on intelligence and security for new entrants to the S&I sector, and a two-day course on strategic thinking for public servants, which is given in Ottawa and Toronto. He is currently President of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies. 

James Clemens is an accomplished leadership coach and project consultant specializing in organisational culture change.  He has over a decade of professional experience in executive leadership development and organisational effectiveness. Prior to becoming a management consultant, James was a manager of executive leadership programs in the Public Service of Canada as well as a Senior Policy Advisor providing strategic advice to the most senior levels of government on enterprise-wide change initiatives. James has extensive international and multi-cultural experience developing, leading and coaching executives and project teams to produce unprecedented results.

Susan Munn has extensive experience in investigations including national security, intelligence operations and program/policy development from her twenty year RCMP career.  For 12 years, she served as the senior security executive leading comprehensive risk portfolios for multi‐billion dollar global enterprises in the mining, jewelry, transportation and banking sectors. She holds her Executive MBA (University of Ottawa) and a Security Leadership Certificate (Georgetown University ‐ International Security Management Association). Susan Munn earned her Board Certification in Security Management as an ASIS International Certified Protection Professional (CPP) in 1998. She serves in senior leadership positions, including with ASIS International as the international Vice Chair of Physical Security Council. As a part of her management consultancy work, she develops and delivers security and leadership training in Canada and internationally. 

For more information

Margaux Carson
613-562-5800 ext. 7928


Telfer School of Management
Centre for Executive Leadership
99 Bank Street, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1P 6B9

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