The National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG)
On July 2, 2019, the Minister of Public Safety Canada announced the creation of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG), a key step in implementing the National Security Transparency Commitment. This advisory group on national security transparency will advise the Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and other Government officials on the implementation of the Commitment across the Government of Canada's national security and intelligence departments and agencies.
To advise the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada ("Public Safety Canada") and the Government of Canada's federal departments and agencies with national security responsibilities on how to implement the Commitment.
The NS-TAG will accomplish this by advising on how to:
- Infuse transparency into Canada's national security policies, programs, best practices, and activities in a way that will increase democratic accountability;
- Increase public awareness, engagement, and access to national security and related intelligence information;
- Promote transparency while ensuring the safety and security of Canadians.
Meetings and Accountability
The NS-TAG will meet up to four times per year in locations across Canada to discuss the implementation of the Commitment and provide their views to the Government.
The NS-TAG's advice will be included in Records of Decision, which will be posted below.
Meeting Minutes and Records of Decision
Following NS-TAG meetings, meeting minutes and records of decision will be made publicly available here.
Members are appointed by Public Safety Canada's Deputy Minister for a one-year term with the possibility of renewal.
One of the NS-TAG seats is to be held by a senior Government official from Public Safety Canada, who will sit on the group in an ex-officio capacity. This person will serve as the bridge between the Commitment's internal and external transparency efforts, and will be involved in coordinating the NS-TAG's efforts internally within government. The ex-officio government member will not speak publicly on the NS-TAG's behalf.
Members accept their appointment on a voluntary basis, and are not paid or remunerated for services rendered. NS-TAG members are entitled to reimbursement for reasonable travel, hospitality, and accommodations expenses in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat's Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.
Current NS-TAG Members
The current members of the NS-TAG can be found below, in alphabetical order.
- William Baker
- Monik Beauregard (serving as Co-Chair in ex-officio capacity)
- Khadija Cajee
- Michel Fortmann
- Mary Francoli
- Harpreet Jhinjar
- Thomas Juneau
- Myles Kirvan
- Justin Mohammed
- Bessma Momani
- Jeffrey Roy
William V. Baker is the current Chair of the IRCC Departmental Audit Committee (2019-) and Chair of the RCMP Departmental Audit Committee (2013-). Over the course of his notable 33-year career in the public service, he has served in various leadership roles with the Government of Canada, including at the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Firearms Centre, as well as a tenure as deputy minister of Public Safety Canada (2009-2012). He also served within the Government of Saskatchewan's Department of Finance. Since his retirement in 2012, he has remained active on several boards and committees including the CSIS Departmental Audit Committee (2014-2018) and United Way Ottawa's Board of Directors (2010-2013).
Ms. Monik Beauregard was appointed Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, National and Cyber Security Branch (NCSB) at Public Safety Canada in January 2016. The Senior Assistant Deputy Minister is accountable for advancing a cohesive strategic vision for both National Security and Cyber Security. On both counts, the focus is on articulating and addressing a broad range of policy issues critical to shaping, modernizing and implementing the national security and cyber security frameworks. Ms. Beauregard plays a leadership and convening role in developing policies, programs, structures, tools and planning mechanisms as well as providing strategic advice on how to remain effective in addressing new and emerging threats. Prior to her appointment at Public Safety Canada, Ms. Beauregard played a key leadership role in providing functional direction for the Canada Border Services Agency's Enforcement and Intelligence Programs, including leading the further development of the Agency's enforcement and intelligence priorities, strategies, policies and programs. From April 2009 to 2014, Ms. Beauregard served as Executive Director of the Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre (ITAC) where she led the transformation of the ITAC, including reviewing its core mandate programs and support functions. Ms. Beauregard previously worked at the Privy Council Office from August 2003 to April 2009, where she was Deputy Executive Director of the Intelligence Assessment Secretariat. While in those functions, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Secretariat, as well as leading the coordination of key intelligence files. Ms. Beauregard started her public service career with the Department of National Defence where she held a variety of policy and intelligence positions. Ms. Beauregard holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from the Université de Montréal.
Khadija Cajee co-founded No Fly List Kids, a group of parents with children who have been falsely flagged on Canada's No Fly List, after discovering her son had been Designated High Profile on this list since birth. The group has grown to represent a movement that has catapulted to the national stage and impacted federal national security legislation. She has testified federally on this issue and has pushed for meaningful change to the legislation. She is the co-founder of Support Ontario Students with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) advocating for provincial legislated standards of care for children with T1D in Ontario schools. Khadija is an entrepreneur and Partner at Servo Annex Inc., a digital advisory firm serving C-suite clients. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Khadija has a keen interest in social justice, human rights, and civil rights.
Michel Fortmann (PhD, Montreal) is an Adjunct Professor of political science at the University of Montreal. Having retired in 2013, he directed for a decade the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS), which he founded in 1996. He, with Albert Legault, is the author of Diplomacy of hope: Canada and disarmament, 1945-1988 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1992) (original version in French at the University of Laval Press, 1990). The English version was nominated for the Gelber prize. He, with T.V. Paul, directed Balance of Power, Theory and Practice in the 21st Century, published at Stanford University Press in 2004, as well as Le système politique américain, mécanismes et décisions, (Montréal, Presses de l'Université de Montréal) in 2008 and 2012. Since 1999, he co-directs the directory Conflicts around the World at the University of Laval Press. His last work, Les cycles de Mars. Révolutions militaires et édification étatique de la renaissance à nos jours was published in the Economica editions in 2010. His articles were published notably in the International Journal, in Études internationales, in Canadian Foreign Policy and in Relations internationales et stratégiques.
Mary Francoli is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies. She is also an Associate Dean and Director of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Western University. Prior to joining the School of Journalism and Communication, she was the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in New Media and Internet Politics at Royal Holloway, The University of London. As a leading researcher in the field of open government and open data, her research explores the relationship between digital media and issues related to politics and governance. Amongst other topics, much of her research takes a particular focus on the ways that digital media has impacted citizen engagement and mobilization, governance, and access to information and data. A frequent expert commentator on issues relating to open government and open data, she has authored two major reports for the Open Government Partnership and has provided her expert testimony to the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Government Operations.
Harpreet Jhinjar has vast experience in community policing and public engagement. Throughout his 10 years of service with the Edmonton Police Service, Harpreet has led solution-based community initiatives on sensitive issues with a multidisciplinary approach. Harpreet has been able to deliver meaningful solutions to these initiatives through community dialogues, stakeholder collaborations, and establishing ongoing connections with both communities and social agencies. Because of his work on Domestic Violence and Community Engagement, he has received numerous awards and recognition, including the Motorola Webber Seavey Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Harpreet holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Master of Science in Criminology and Forensic Psychology from the Middlesex University London, UK.
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 policy-making in Canada. He is the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical realism and Iranian foreign policy (Stanford University Press, 2015), editor of Strategic Analysis in Support of International Policy Making: Case studies in achieving analytical relevance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and co-editor of Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice (forthcoming) and of Iranian Foreign Policy Since 2001: Alone in the World (Routledge, 2013). He has published book chapters and articles in, among other publications, International Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Nonproliferation Review, Orbis, International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, and International Studies Perspectives. 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.
Myles Kirvan is a graduate of both Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. He served as an advisor to Ministers of the Crown for some years after which he joined the Public Service of Canada as a lawyer with the Department of Justice. He has served as Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canada and as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada. Myles has served as a Director of Desjardins Sécurité Financière and as a Director and Vice-Chair of the Institute on Governance. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was inducted into the Common Law Honour Society of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Bar Association. He volunteers with Salus, Ottawa and with St. Joe's Supper Table, Ottawa.
Justin Mohammed is the Human Rights Law and Policy Campaigner at Amnesty International Canada (English section). He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, as well as Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. Prior to his current role, Justin clerked at the Federal Court of Canada and served as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law.
Dr. Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and a Senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). She was a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at both the Brookings Institution and Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, and formerly a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Mortara Center. She was a 2015 Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and now sits on its board of directors. She is also a Fulbright Scholar. She has authored and co-edited ten books and over 80 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined international affairs, diversity and inclusion, Middle East affairs, and the global economy. She is recipient of a number of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), International Development Research Council, and the Department of National Defence. Dr. Momani is a regular contributor to national and international media on the global security and economic policy issues. She has written editorials for the New York Times, The Economist, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Newsweek, and Time Magazine.
Jeffrey Roy is Professor in the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management. He is a widely published observer, critic and teacher in the realm of digital technologies and their widening impacts on government, democracy, industry and society. Dr. Roy has worked with the OECD, the United Nations, multinational corporations, and all levels of government in Canada. He has produced more than eighty peer-reviewed articles and chapters and his most recent book was published in 2013 by Springer: From Machinery to Mobility: Government and Democracy in a Participative Age. Professor Roy is a member of the Editorial Board of Canadian Public Administration, the scholarly journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and he is also a featured columnist in Canadian Government Executive, a leading national publication devoted to public sector governance and public policy challenges. Among other bodies, his research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
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