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The Council on Security

Today’s world of rapidly evolving security threats and emerging risks creates a challenging environment for all public and private sector organizations. The Council on Security (CoS) is strategic forum designed to help organizations understand and effectively navigate this environment – setting the foundations for success in the midst of an uncertain future.

The Council on Security focuses on broad perspective, strategic-level security threats and risks, and aims to help you generate reliable, timely, and relevant insights for effective decision-making.

The council provides personal and professional development opportunities for security executives by addressing topics such as: understanding and responding to emerging threats, developing security strategies, communications, governance and leadership.

Discussions are timely and strategic, designed to help you optimize your organization’s security policies, practices, and response tactics, and connect you with colleagues and experts who are dealing with the same challenges.

Key Objectives

  • Identify emerging security trends and threats that cut across industries and sectors
  • Provide a foundation for informed decision-making about current and emerging security issues
  • Provide a trusted forum for candid dialogue and peer support on security related issues with business, government and academic representatives

Looking Forward

The Council on Security, together with its advisory committee and members, has identified forward-looking, operationally relevant topics to be addressed in the coming years. It reflects the thought-leadership and collaborative approach of members who are committed to helping each other taking on the strategic and policy challenges of security.

Policy and Governance

  • Building working relationships with senior leaders
  • Improving security governance and leadership
  • Crisis communications best practices and considerations
  • Risk assessment and making decisions with limited information
  • Enterprise risk and crisis management

Talent and Education

  • Finding and managing security talent
  • Educating and accommodating a new generation
  • Understanding the skills gap and what you can do about it
  • Talent development and training

The Human Side of Security

  • Building a security culture and influencing employee behaviour
  • Insider threat
  • Psychosocial factors

Emerging Threat Landscape

  • Cyber Security
  • Insider threat
  • Emerging extremist groups and political demonstrations
  • Active shooters and new terrorist tactics
  • Counter-intelligence
  • Foreign influence and hostile state actors
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Organized crime
  • Future/Emerging Technologies
  • Supply chain and logistics


Contact Us

Deborah Fleck
Senior Manager, Executive Networks
613-526-3280x362
Email imagefleck@conferenceboard.ca