Summary of the Meeting of the National Security Transparency Advisory Group (NS-TAG) - March 17, 2021

Held via Videoconference

Members Present:

Meeting Themes:

Invited Guests and Speakers:

National Security Community Members Present (as observers):

CSE, Department of National Defence, Public Safety Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Treasury Board Secretariat.


  1. Opening of the Meeting and Roll Call
  2. Transparency Secretariat Update
  3. Discussion on the Year Two Report
  4. Discussion Session with Guest: “Transparency by Design”: Definition, Evaluation and Institutionalization of National Security Transparency – Part V
  5. Information Updates and Closing Remarks

Meeting Summary:

The ninth virtual NS-TAG meeting took place on March 17, 2021, on the theme “Transparency by Design: Definition, Evaluation and Institutionalization of National Security Transparency – Part V.”

During the first session of the meeting, the Transparency Secretariat provided an update on the National Security Transparency Commitment’s implementation across departments and agencies and the Secretariat’s related roles. The Secretariat also presented the preliminary results of recent public opinion research on national security transparency and information sharing, the final report of which will be made public. Members indicated that they would be happy to provide advice and views on future implementation projects supporting the Commitment.

Members then discussed the current draft of their second report and members’ respective involvement in writing the next draft.

During the discussion with the guest speaker, Director General Nabih Eldebs discussed CSE’s – including the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security – mission, key principles, and transformation in recent years. Discussion focused on the progress CSE has made in terms of transparency, including several examples of concrete outreach and engagement initiatives they have put in place.

Key Takeaways of the Discussion with Guests:

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