Academic Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement

The Academic Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement program is an important bridge linking CSIS to Canadians. The program engages with stakeholders and thought leaders on national security issues from across Canada and around the world to ensure that CSIS’ work is informed by a spectrum of Canadian voices and perspectives.

Academic Outreach

CSIS’ Academic Outreach program seeks to better understand current and emerging issues related to security and intelligence. The program draws on experts from within government, academia, private business, and other external bodies around the world. By doing so, it helps to create a clearer understanding of security issues and develop a long-term view of various trends and problems, in order to challenge assumptions and cultural biases as well as sharpen research and analytical capacities.

The Academic Outreach program supports Government of Canada and public initiatives by hosting workshops, presentations, and round-table discussions; by commissioning open source research; and by participating in Government review bodies. These efforts inform evidence-based decision making and policy development in the Government of Canada and the public sector. The program also assists in coordinating a government wide approach to academic outreach, and is often consulted on the development and implementation of similar programs within Canada and abroad.

Stakeholder Engagement

To effectively address national security threats in a way that meets transparency and accountability requirements, CSIS engages with non-government economic and social organizations including those in the private sector, civil society, academe, and industry associations. CSIS openly engages with these stakeholders to sensitise them to threats, and to help mitigate against threats, including from espionage and foreign interference. Through its stakeholder engagement programme, CSIS seeks to ensure that Canadians recognize CSIS’s role as a partner in protecting the strength of Canada’s social fabric and economic prosperity. 


The Academic Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement program publishes reports and independent research to stimulate debate, inform decision making, and encourage the exchange of views and perspectives about national security and intelligence. 












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