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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 a 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

Webinars Now Available to Download


Pandemic Operations - TELUS Shares Pandemic Management Processes and Playbook

April 14, 2020

With over 73 thousand employees in 20 countries, TELUS has many reasons to prioritize responsible pandemic management. In this webinar, Michael R. Galin, Director of Risk Management at TELUS, explained how the company protects its employees, its customers, and its business. He will open the playbook (literally) and share the pandemic strategies that TELUS uses today, and continues to evolve for tomorrow.”

Michael Galin serves as Director of Risk Management at TELUS, overseeing the Corporate Business Continuity Office and the emergency operations centre. An authority on continuity and security programs, Michael has managed corporate responses and recovery plans for crises and major events including Y2K, 9/11, blackouts, ice storms, wildfires, infectious disease outbreaks, and G8/G20 summits. As a thought leader, he has authored numerous articles on related topics and has spoken at several conferences and seminars, including twice at the World Conference on Disaster Management. In 2016, Michael was named by Insurance Business Canada as one of Canada’s “Leading Risk Managers”.

COVID19: Mastering the Pivot from Response to Recovery

April 2, 2020

Even as the coronavirus outbreak continues to swirl around us, the foundation for long-term recovery is being laid. This incident has revealed gaps in social, economic, health, and educational systems as well as emerging opportunities to build stronger, more resilient communities.

Webinar Highlights

In this recorded webinar, Eric McNulty of Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative shares strategies and techniques for taking steps now to make the ultimate recovery both more rapid and more enduring.

Articles of interest on COVID-19

Interesting articles from Fast Company

The Conference Board of Canada Blog (Opinion Piece) – The Canadian Economy should brace for the effects of COVID-19

Article from McKinsey Magazine – COVID-19: Implications for business

Blog – Insulating for isolation: a mental health checklist for getting through quarantine

Eric McNulty – Leading Through Covid-19 

Contact us

Deborah Fleck
Senior Council Manager

Liana Dalati
Meeting Coordinator, Innovation and Technology