The International Issues Discussion (IID) series at Toronto Metropolitan University will present its second talk of the Winter 2023 term, in partnership with the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS): “Canada’s National Security Challenges”

Our guest will be Ward Elcock, who spent more than 40 years in the Canadian public service, including being Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence (CSIS) between 1994 and 2004. He also served as the Deputy Minister of National Defence (2004-2007), Federal Co-ordinator of Olympic and G8/G20 Security (2007-2010), and Special Advisor on Human Smuggling and Illegal Migration in the Privy Council Office (PCO) (2010-2016). Mr. Elcock’s earlier career included various senior positions in PCO: Deputy Clerk for Security and Intelligence (1989-1994), General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Legislation and House Planning). He was also General Counsel, Legal Services in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. In the 1970s, he worked as a lawyer with the Departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Finance, as well as the Treasury Board Secretariat. Mr. Elcock is a graduate of York University (L.L.B., Osgoode Hall Law Society School) and Carleton University (BA, Political Science).

His talk will be held in-person on Wednesday, February 8, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in ENG 103 (the Vari Engineering Building, 245 Church Street, Toronto). Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Register here:

Founded in 2005, the IID is a non-partisan, student-led forum designed to engage all members of the TMU community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs through reasoned, objective, and scholarly discourse. For further details about the IID and our series please see  or contact the IID student leaders at [email protected]
The Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) is a nonpartisan, voluntary organization established in 1985. Its purpose is to provide informed debate in Canada on security and intelligence issues.