Courses

SPI runs a specialized certificate program for civil servants and private industry to establish shared knowledge, draw lessons from collective security experiences, and create connected professional environment that will keep the security context relevant in government and corporate sector decision-making. Delivery is via intensive short courses designed to focus on practical decision-making.

A non-degree Professional Development Certificate will be issued by the University of Ottawa upon completion of any five courses within the SPI course offering.

List of upcoming Courses

Course Code: 

724

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

As  breaches, ransomware, privacy complaints and class actions multiply, the regulatory framework catches up with new regulations on mandatory breach notification, Bill C-59 on national security matters, creating new obligations for the private sector and the extraterritorial application of the drastic European General Data Protection Regulation. The International Commission of Jurists brings together for this conference experts to assist the private sector in assessing the impact of these regulatory changes and preparing to meet the challenge.    

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Language English
October 26, 2017
8:30 - 13:30

Course Code: 

168

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The fundamental duty of a government is to provide security. Given the rise of global terrorism and the implications in Canada, the national security environment has shifted dramatically, prompting major changes in how the government understands and responds to a diverse and dynamic range of threats.

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Language English
October 23, 24, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

680

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Not long ago, the tools we use to communicate today were science fiction. Almost every day, new disruptive technologies are emerging that will continue to change the way we work and interact with each other. The implications for us as consumers is only one part of the debate; what role should government take in the future and what do these evolving technologies mean for policy-makers?

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Course Code: 

697

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

National security has become a headline-grabbing issue in the post-9/11 world, with governments enacting extraordinary laws and policies to combat terrorist groups, cyber villains and adversarial states. In Canada, as elsewhere, the debate over further powers for police and intelligence agencies will return to the public spotlight in 2017-18 with the federal government’s highly-anticipated national security reform legislation and the introduction of parliamentary oversight.

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Course Code: 

170

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Events from around the world continue to unfold on our screens and often with direct implications for Canada. Violent extremism is evolving and Canada will need to carefully consider new policies in the context of a security-focused world.

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Language English
December 4, 5, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

688

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The littoral areas of the Black Sea consist of two major powers (Russia and Turkey) and two key regions (Eastern Europe and the Caucuses). This body of water is critical for Russia as a maritime passage way for Moscow to project power in its near abroad and this has been the case historically. After the massive reversal that Russia faced in Ukraine and the fact that the latter sits along almost all of the northern coastline of the Black Sea makes the area even far more geopolitically crucial for Russia. Georgia is another key trouble spot from the Kremlin's perspective since the 2008 war.

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Language English
December 11, 12, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

687

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Since the invention of the telegraph and telephone law enforcement and intelligence agencies have sought to intercept electronically transmitted messages in order to gather information.  Privacy and political sensitivity have always been issues in these intercept programs.  The methodology in interception programs remained based in analog systems and changed moderately over decades. For many years both the means of transmission and the means to intercept messages remained primarily in the domain of government agencies.

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Language English
November 23, 24, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

557

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Sound ethical leadership is critical to high performing organizations.  Values and Ethics in Security recognizes that people working in the security field have a unique set of challenges and ethical situations in their daily work.  Through informal and interactive dialogue, this workshop gives participants the opportunity to strengthen their ethical decision-making and leadership through discussion and case studies tailored to the security environment.

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Language English
October 19, 20, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

685

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Iran is in the throes of massive change both as an Islamic republic and a key international player. In the wake of the nuclear deal the country is on the path of international rehabilitation, which is slowly opening the country for international investments. Given the collapse of the Arab core of the Middle East the country will be competing with the region's main Muslim power Turkey vis-a-vis the future outlook of the region. Already playing a major role in the fight against ISIS and other Sunni extremist forces in Iraq and Syria, Iranian influence will only grow in the foreseable future.

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Language English
November 30, December 1, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

548

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

This course seeks to explore issues related to the expansion of global terrorism and to identify both Canadian vulnerabilities and opportunities to advance a Canadian agenda.

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Language English
November 2, 3, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

160

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Computers and information systems are a fundamental part of Canadian life. Day to day activities, commerce, and statecraft have gone digital. The associated information technology underpins nearly all aspects of today’s society.

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Language English
November 6, 7, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

689

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Organizations today need to be nimble and agile while balancing the need for evidence-based decision-making. Providing greater empowerment and accountability for employees and managers also means giving them the tools to access information in ways that are both more profound and practical at the same time.

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Course Code: 

684

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Forecasting the future is not a science, however, we can look at certain foundational areas today and extrapolate the data to give us a sense of the potential risks and threats that we will collectively face over the coming years. Such a discussion is important for policy makers who all-too-often are asked for serious recommendations based on the situation today without the benefit of considering how the world may change tomorrow.

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Language English
November 14, 15, 2017
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

169

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Cybersecurity has become a mainstream term because our increased interaction with technology has resulted in a new paradigm of vulnerabilities. The new era of quantum technologies will dramatically impact our understanding of cybersecurity.

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Course Code: 

171

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Track Two Diplomacy consists of informal dialogues among influential but non-official actors that can bring new ideas and new relationships to the official process of diplomacy. Many believe that Canada’s foreign policy could benefit from the effective deployment of Track Two initiatives...

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Course Code: 

555

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Join us for this intensive workshop with two leading experts who are engaged on the front lines of the cyber war. We will discuss the nature of the attacks today; how they are conducted, the risks and potential vulnerabilities, and the technological growth. We will also look at several policy issues and the information decision-makers will need in order to keep Canadians safe in this rapidly evolving global war.

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Course Code: 

686

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

This course will discuss the future considerations for privacy and security in a technological age. Canadian law has evolved over time into what it is today.

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