Read Me In: Demystifying Security and Intelligence Series – What Is Intelligence and How Does It Work? (FON1-E14)

Product code: FON1-E14

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September 06, 2023


11:00 am to 11:45 am (ET)

Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages

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0.75 hours



All public servants at all levels



The security and intelligence (S&I) community in Canada is often regarded as a separate, stand-alone entity in the federal framework, focused solely on “secret” national security issues, national defence, foreign intelligence, and foreign relations. The reality, however, is that Canada's national security is undeniably linked to all areas of public policy and operations, including technology, economic prosperity, democracy, education, public health, food and agriculture.

This first event in the series provides an overview of what intelligence is, how it is used and its implications for public policy decisions across the Government of Canada. Speakers will highlight various elements of national security and explain common terminology used across the S&I community.

Participants will learn how to apply a national security lens to the work that they do in their own portfolios and how security and intelligence intersect with other federal departments and programs. Additionally, participants will gain a better understanding of the important role of the S&I community in Canada.

Note: In the security and intelligence world, to read someone in means to give them access to restricted information.

Learn more about the Read Me In: Demystifying Security and Intelligence Series.


  • Aiesha Zafar, Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service
Date modified: 2023-07-11