Who We Are
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. A distinguished board of directors comprised of professionals of national and international reputation and status oversee the operations of the association.
Membership is open and currently includes academics, government officials, journalists, lawyers, former intelligence officers, students and interested members of the public committed to the study of intelligence services.
What We Do
For over twenty-five years CASIS has held an annual meeting and has sponsored conferences, symposiums and forums on particular intelligence and security-related themes. The first conference was held at Glendon College in Toronto in June 1984 with others being held in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and Halifax; more recently annual conferences have been held in Ottawa.
As an organization, CASIS was formed in May of 1985 at which time a constitution was adopted. That constitution has been amended and updated through the years, most recently in October 2011. Today CASIS’s aims are to:
- To encourage and promote the study of intelligence and security, and the teaching of courses at Canadian universities and colleges in these fields;
- To encourage research in intelligence and security in the interest of higher education, scholarship and an informed public opinion;
- To provide an interdisciplinary forum through which interested academics, and other interested persons may engage in matters relating to intelligence and security;
- To provide a body of resource expertise to the interested public in order to facilitate awareness and understanding of intelligence and security activities as carried out in various sectors, disciplines and organizations;
- To electronically publish regular information about the Association and its activities and other matters pertinent to the Association’s mandate;
- To study the role of security and intelligence services in society, to foster the accumulation of knowledge about such activities, and to study the relationships between security and intelligence agencies and the governmental institutions and constitutional values of society.