Board of Directors

President: Jessica Davis

Vice-President: Tim Sayle

Past President: Greg Fyffe

Treasurer: Akshay Singh

Secretary: Julia Johnston

Board Members: David Charters, Robert Crawhall, Nyiri DuCharme, Charles Dumbrille, Greg Fyffe, Robert Gordon, Thomas Juneau, Candyce Kelshall, Arne Kislenko, Alex Wilner.

David Charters

David Charters is retired professor of military history and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre at the University of New Brunswick. A founding member of CASIS, he served as its president from 2008 to 2010, and remains an active intelligence studies scholar.

Robert Crawhall

Robert is Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and President of Innoxec Innovation. He has over 35 years of experience working with leading researchers in the public and private sectors in aerospace, nanotechnology, telecommunications, eCommerce, energy and robotics. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from McGill University.

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis is President and Principal Consultant at Insight Threat Intelligence, a security-focused consulting company. Jessica previously spent 17 years in the Canadian security and intelligence community, most recently at CSIS and FINTRAC.

Nyiri DuCharme

Nyiri has been a volunteer support for the CASIS Annual Symposium since 2016 and has been a strong contributor to the CASIS community. She holds a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Political Science and European Studies. Nyiri has been working for the federal government since 2017.

Greg Fyffe

Greg was President of CASIS from 2012-2020. He is retired from the Public Service of Canada where he served as head of the Intelligence Assessment Branch from 2000 to 2008. His second career has been as a teacher/facilitator of professional courses covering intelligence, leadership, strategy and public policy at the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership, the University of Ottawa Centre on Public Management and Policy (Odell House), and the Canada School of the Public Service.

Robert Gordon

Bob is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX).  He had a unique career in a number of Canada’s security, intelligence and law enforcement organizations:  Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level.

Julia Johnston

Julia holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. She wrote her Master’s research paper on the development of cyber deterrence strategies in European countries. Julia founded the CASIS Ottawa Student Chapter, where she organized career events for students interested in security and defence in the public and private sectors. She has also been actively involved in CASIS, serving as Secretary since 2021.

Thomas Juneau

Thomas Juneau is associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His research focuses on the Middle East, in particular Iran and Yemen, and on Canadian foreign and defence policy and international relations theory. He is also currently conducting a number of research projects on the relationship between intelligence analysis and policymaking in Canada. From 2003 until 2014, he worked with Canada’s Department of National Defence, mostly as a policy analyst covering the Middle East. He also acts as a consultant for various departments with the Canadian government and is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international media. He tweets @thomasjuneau.

Candyce Kelshall

Candyce is the President and founder of the CASIS Vancouver branch, and the Founder and Director of the Canadian Centre for Identity-Based Conflict (CCIBC). CCIBC conducts research and delivers training courses on the proliferation of extremism by Violent Transnational Social Movements to security practitioners and professionals. Candyce has over 30 years’ experience in diplomacy, law enforcement and military professional training and ten years as a military and police advisor in the UK. She has taught academic, professional, undergraduate, graduate and vocational (police, law enforcement, military and intelligence) programs in over 17 countries.

Arne Kislenko

Arne is a professor with the Department of History at Ryerson University and the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Programme at the University of Toronto. He specializes in 19th and 20th century international relations, the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, US foreign relations, and modern Southeast Asia. He has served on the Board of Executives for CASIS since 2004.

Tim Sayle

Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto. He created the website Canada Declassified and is a project leader at the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.

Laurie Storsater

Laurie has served as Secretary Treasurer for CASIS for the past six years and has such has been responsible for organizing registration and publicity for the CASIS symposiums and managing CASIS finances. He worked at the Public Archives, External Affairs, Solicitor General, Immigration, Privy Council Office and the Communications Security Establishment. At PCO he was in charge of the foreign intelligence section in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat.

Alex Wilner

Alex Wilner is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He teaches graduate courses on terrorism and violent radicalization, intelligence studies, and strategic foresight, and a capstone class on Canadian security policy. Past capstone partners have included FINTRAC, Public Safety Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Policy Horizons Canada. His books include Deterring Rational Fanatics (Penn Press, 2015), Deterring Terrorism (Stanford, 2012), and Deterrence by Denial (2020).