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National Security and Public Safety

National Security and Public Safety is a knowledge area within the Public Policy division of the Conference Board of Canada.

As our environment becomes more globalized and interconnected, individuals, organizations, and nation states are becoming more vulnerable. Dynamic risks and challenges place unprecedented demands on organizational decision-making and public policies affecting Canada, its businesses, and its citizens.

The Conference Board’s security–related networks are ideally suited to help you tackle these challenges and help you address them within the context of your organization.

Executive Networks allow you to engage with peers and stakeholders and to participate in facilitated closed-door discussions. It is here that you will network and exchange ideas with the country’s most senior security, and resilience executives. You will also benefit from the Conference Board’s unparalleled access to a broad range of expert speakers.

The Conference Board of Canada offers a wide range of Research services with access to in-depth studies and independent reports on hot-topics. It also offers custom research/services from small, short-term research projects to large-scale research investigations.


Security and Safety Blog

Are We Still Suffering From A Failure of Imagination?

September 09, 2016

Fear and Trembling: The Mental Barriers That Keep Us From Planning for the Truly Catastrophic

July 05, 2016

Istanbul Attacks: The Challenge of Coordinated Terrorist Actions

June 30, 2016


Upcoming Events

Strategic Foresight Training Workshop

March 7-9, 2017
The Conference Board of Canada Offices, Ottawa, ON

Imagine being able to derive plausible scenarios for the future and using that knowledge to help you make decisions today that can influence the future you want for your organization, your industry and even your country.

On March 7-10, 2017 The Conference Board of Canada will be offering a three-day Strategic Foresight Training workshop in Ottawa. Dr. Peter Bishop, former director of the Master’s degree in Foresight at the University of Houston will be leading the workshop which is based on the Certificate in Strategic Foresight that the University offers.

The Facilitator: Dr. Bishop is a distinguished foresight professional with extensive experience in teaching and consulting in the field. He has run a number of versions of this program for several sections of the US Defence Intelligence Agency as well as Health Canada and Policy Horizons Canada. Together with Dr. Andy Hines, Dr. Bishop has recently published a textbook on the field, Teaching about the Future: The Basics of Foresight Education.

  • Brochure - coming soon
  • Registration Form - coming soon

If you want to be informed of all future foresight activities, please email Amanda Pelkola at pelkola@conferenceboard.ca and ask to be added to our mailing list.

Available Now

Cyber Threats Need Coordination: How Cyber Security Can Only Be Addressed Comprehensively

When even the White House can be hacked, it isn’t a big stretch for corporate leaders and directors to start to question how secure your company’s IT infrastructure and data are. This threat is an opportunity for corporate security executives to demonstrate their worth to the corporation and to actively engage other senior executives to ensure that everyone is onside with the cyber threat management plan.

This webinar is given by Tony Power, Senior Director of Corporate Security at Emera Inc. Tony is chair of Emera's Business Continuity Steering Committee and a member of Emera’s IT Strategy Committee and Intranet Council. Externally, Tony is active on the Conference Board of Canada’s Advisor Committee for the Council of Security Executives. Prior to joining Emera, Tony spent 13 years at Bell Aliant in various roles including Company Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer.


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Contact Us

For more information on how you can participate in one of our security-related initiatives, or to request a guest invitation to a network meeting, contact:


Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks
613-526-3280 x362
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Satyamoorthy Kabilan
Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight
613-526-3090 x235
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Ruben Vroegop
Senior Research Associate, National Security and Public Safety
613-526-3090x265
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Micah Clark
Senior Research Associate, National Security and Public Safety
613-526-3090x297
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