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The Centre for National Security

The Centre for National Security (CNS) is the Research Centre within the National Security and Public Safety group.

CNS works to help improve the capacity of Canadian leaders to understand and effectively address national security challenges. The Centre brings together executives from the public and private sectors: executives who have a broad perspective of strategic-level security threats and risks, and whose organizations have a stake in national security, public security and public safety. The CNS team works with participants to produce timely and relevant insights needed to make effective decisions in their areas of responsibility and/or to contribute to public policy-making.

Centre participants actively support customized research projects and facilitated networking events designed to illuminate current and emerging threats as well as political, economic, social and technological trends.

Key Objectives

  • Build insight, through dialogue and research, on how to improve Canada’s national security by capitalizing on advanced technologies and practices.
  • Provide a forum for learning that draws on the experience and knowledge of members, as well as Conference Board experts.
  • Improve the capacity of member organizations to contribute to the identification, mitigation, and response to national security threats.

Latest Blogs

On the Anniversary of 9/11, It’s Time to Expand our Definition of “Victim”
September 2017

Hurricane Harvey: Emerging Insights for Emergency Management
August 2017

Dealing with Wildfires: Insights from the Fort McMurray Reviews
August 2017

Remembering Air India 182: Dealing with an Evolving Terrorist Threat
June 2017

Lessons From the Flood: Insights from Calgary
May 2017

WannaCry Ransomware: Two Key Insights for Cyber Security
May 2017

Cyber Security Insights from 2016
January 2017

Security Insights from 2016
January 2017

More blogs can be found here


Building Resilience to Terrorism
August 22, 2017


“I’ve had the privilege of being a member of the Centre for National Security (CNS) from its inception. I continue to learn from and exchange ideas with thought leaders who, like me, take essential insights from the Centre and turn them into practices, concepts, and strategic positions. The Centre for National Security is the most inspiring forum in this space that I have seen or heard of.”

—Marc Lapointe, Director, Corporate Security and Resiliency, Bell Canada

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Latest Research

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Contact Us

For more information on how you can participate in the Centre for National Security, or to request a guest invitation to a network meeting, contact:

Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks

Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight