Top Secret Canada: Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community

Edited by Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau, and Craig Forcese

© 2020

National security in the interest of preserving the well-being of a country is arguably the first and most important responsibility of any democratic government. Yet, despite the centrality of national security, the study of the intelligence community in Canada has been largely neglected by scholars. Motivated by some of the pressing questions and concerns of citizens, Top Secret Canada is the first book to offer a comprehensive study of the Canadian intelligence community, its different parts and how it functions as a whole. In taking up this important task, the editors and contributors aim to identify the key players, explain their mandates and functions, and assess how they interact with each other.

Top Secret Canada fills a large gap in the literature on Canadian foreign policy, defence, and security. Featuring essays by the country’s foremost experts on law, intelligence, and national security, it will be a go-to resource for those seeking to understand Canada’s intelligence community and the challenges it faces both now and into the future.

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  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Top Secret Canada is the first comprehensive study of national security agencies in Canada, discussing how they interact, overlap, and perform.

Top Secret Canada: Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community

Edited by Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau, and Craig Forcese

© 2020

National security in the interest of preserving the well-being of a country is arguably the first and most important responsibility of any democratic government. Yet, despite the centrality of national security, the study of the intelligence community in Canada has been largely neglected by scholars. Motivated by some of the pressing questions and concerns of citizens, Top Secret Canada is the first book to offer a comprehensive study of the Canadian intelligence community, its different parts and how it functions as a whole. In taking up this important task, the editors and contributors aim to identify the key players, explain their mandates and functions, and assess how they interact with each other.

Top Secret Canada fills a large gap in the literature on Canadian foreign policy, defence, and security. Featuring essays by the country’s foremost experts on law, intelligence, and national security, it will be a go-to resource for those seeking to understand Canada’s intelligence community and the challenges it faces both now and into the future.

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Product Details

  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Stephanie Carvinis an assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.


    Thomas Juneau is associate professor at the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


    Craig Forcese is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau and Craig Forcese

    Part One: Central Agencies and Advice to Policy Makers

    1. Privy Council Office (PCO): Greg Fyffe
    2. Prime Minister’s Office (PMO): Meredith Lilly

    Part Two: Core Collection and Advisory Agencies

    3. Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS):  Jeremy Littlewood
    4. Communications Security Establishment (CSE):  Bill Robinson
    5. Integrated Terrorism Analysis Centre (ITAC): Stephanie Carvin
    6. Financial (FINTRAC) John Pyrik

    Part Three: Operations and Enforcement and Community Engagement

    7. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP): Kent Roach
    8. Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA): Christian Leuprecht, Kelly Sundberg, Todd Hataley and  Alexandra Green
    9. Public Safety Canada (PSC): Alex Wilner
    10. Canada Centre for Community Engagement and the Prevention of Violence (CCCEPV): Michael King

    Part Four: Government Departments with National Security Functions

    11. Department of National Defence (DND): Thomas Juneau
    12. Global Affairs Canada (GAC): Michael Nesbitt
    13. Department of Justice (DOJ): Craig Forcese and Jennifer Poirier

    Part Five: The Evolving National Security Review Landscape

    14. National Security Review and Oversight: Leah West
    15. National Security and the Media: Alex Boutilier

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