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: 

741

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

This course will explore the digitized world in the Canadian context in order to assess the breadth and scope of the cyber landscape and the policy challenges it poses with emphasis on the Federal Government. We will discuss a variety of issues such as data sovereignty, data residency, mitigation protocols, the notion of risk mitigation versus risk elimination, as well as a vision of future cyber crime and security.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
April 16, 17, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

742

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. The global structure will change over the next decade as the balance of power shifts among the European Union, the North American marketplace, and Eurasian and Far Eastern relationships. Such a discussion is important for policy makers who are asked all too often for serious recommendations based on the situation today without considering how the world may change tomorrow.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
April 12, 13, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

747

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development (SPI) at the University of Ottawa will be hosting the 2018 conference Readiness and Resilience in the Age of Disruption to provide a high-level forum for business leaders,  law enforcement, public and private security practitioners.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
February 27, 2018
8:00 - 17:00
Language English
February 27, 28, 2018
8:00 - 17:00
Language English
February 27, 2018
8:00 - 17:00

Course Code: 

744

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

Don’t believe what you see in the media. The issues and forces at play around the world are complex with deep, underlying motivations. This course will delve into some of the geopolitical issues involving Russia, Iran and North Korea and examine how to consider the events as they continue to unfold.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
March 28, 29, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Course Code: 

743

Course Category: 

Security and Policy Institute

The nature of the change in Canadian security policy encompasses fundamental changes to our laws, our fiscal outlays, our relations with allies, our governmental machinery and our intelligence practices. While the national security policy revolution is still underway in Canada, it is important to consider future domestic and international security challenges and to understand the role technology plays as it evolves and becomes intertwined with our lives.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
April 5, 6, 2018
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.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
April 23, 24, 2018
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.

Next Sessions: 

Language English
May 14, 15, 2018
9:00 - 16:00

Did you Know?

The completion of a series of any five SPI courses over three years leads to a Certificate of Professional Development from the University of Ottawa. Visit our Courses page to view our current offering!

New Courses

New Security and Policy courses will be added to the program in winter & spring 2018.

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