As the Ottawa Student Chapter of CASIS, we are fortunate to be situated within the nation’s capital, with access to some of Canada’s leading organizations and institutions in diverse security fields. 

Learn more about the organizations and institutions we partner with below, as well as our National CASIS Board of Directors. 


Through our Chapter efforts and the national CASIS board, we aim to partner with…


  • Government departments and the public service such as, but not limited to:

– Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) 

– Department of National Defence

– Public Health Agency of Canada 

– Health Canada

– Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

– Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

– Communications Security Establishment (CSE)

– The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC)

– Global Affairs Canada 

– Political entities, the House of Commons, Senate and Parliament 

And more! 

  • The private sector and non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations such as:

– Corporations and companies 

– Thinktanks and industry-specific organizations 

– Scholars and academics

– Embassies & consulates 

– Hospitals, labs, and healthcare organizations/companies 

– Banks and financial companies

– Tech companies and firms 

– Non-profits, charities and NGOs 

– Law firms and legal professionals 

And much more!


The CASIS National Board & Canada-Wide Network


Jessica Davis, National CASIS President 

Jessica is a Principal Consultant at Insight Threat Intelligence, a security-focused consulting company. Jessica previously spent 17 years in the Canadian security and intelligence community, most recently at CSIS and FINTRAC.

Thomas Juneau, National CASIS Vice President

Thomas is a 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 policymaking in Canada. 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.

Greg Fyffe, Former National CASIS President 

Greg is retired from the Public Service of Canada where he served as head of the Intelligence Assessment Branch from 2000 to 2008. His second career has been as a teacher/facilitator of professional courses covering intelligence, leadership, strategy and public policy at the Telfer Centre for Executive Leadership, the University of Ottawa Centre on Public Management and Policy (Odell House), and the Canada School of the Public Service.

Candyce Kelshall, CASIS Vancouver President 

Candyce is the President and founder of the CASIS Vancouver branch, and the Founder and Director of the Canadian Centre for Identity-Based Conflict (CCIBC). CCIBC conducts research and delivers training courses on the proliferation of extremism by Violent Transnational Social Movements to security practitioners and professionals. Candyce has over 30 years’ experience in diplomacy, law enforcement and military professional training and ten years as a military and police advisor in the UK. She has taught academic, professional, undergraduate, graduate and vocational (police, law enforcement, military and intelligence) programs in over 17 countries.

Laurie Storsater, National Treasurer 

Laurie has served as Secretary Treasurer for CASIS for the past six years and has such has been responsible for organizing registration and publicity for the CASIS symposiums and managing CASIS finances. He worked at the Public Archives, External Affairs, Solicitor General, Immigration, Privy Council Office and the Communications Security Establishment. At PCO he was in charge of the foreign intelligence section in the Security and Intelligence Secretariat.

Julia Johnston, National Student Representative 

Julia is an MA student in the Norman Paterson School at Carleton University, where she has founded an Ottawa chapter of CASIS, for students at Carleton and Ottawa U. Prior to that she was a student at Simon Fraser University and an active member of the CASIS branch there.

Robert Gordon, National Board Member

Bob is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX).  He had a unique career in a number of Canada’s security, intelligence and law enforcement organizations:  Public Safety Canada, Communications Security Establishment, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  He held senior executive positions, including at the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister level.

Robert Crawhall, National Board Member 

Robert is Executive Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and President of Innoxec Innovation. He has over 35 years of experience working with leading researchers in the public and private sectors in aerospace, nanotechnology, telecommunications, eCommerce, energy and robotics. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, both from McGill University.

David Charters, Former National CASIS President 

David is retired professor of military history and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre at the University of New Brunswick. A founding member of CASIS, he served as its president from 2008 to 2010, and remains an active intelligence studies scholar.

Alex Wilner, National Board Member 

Alex is an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. He teaches graduate courses on terrorism and violent radicalization, intelligence studies, and strategic foresight, and a capstone class on Canadian security policy. Past capstone partners have included FINTRAC, Public Safety Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Policy Horizons Canada. His books include Deterring Rational Fanatics (Penn Press, 2015), Deterring Terrorism (Stanford, 2012), and Deterrence by Denial (forthcoming 2020).

Arne Kislenko, National Board Member 

Arne is a professor with the Department of History at Ryerson University and the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Programme at the University of Toronto. He specializes in 19th and 20th century international relations, the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, US foreign relations, and modern Southeast Asia. He has served on the Board of Executives for CASIS since 2004.

Bruce Craig, National Board Member 

Bruce is a specialist in the history of espionage. He has authored numerous popular and scholarly articles on Cold War espionage, including the acclaimed book, Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy Case. Dr. Craig teaches American history at the University of Prince Edward Island; he is also a past Fellow with the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. He is currently President of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra.

Nyiri Ducharme, National Board Member 

Nyiri has been a volunteer support for the CASIS Annual Symposium since 2016 and has been a strong contributor to the CASIS community. She holds a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Political Science and European Studies. She is well-placed to provide the valuable perspective of young professionals in the foreign affairs, security, and law enforcement domains. She also has experience serving on other volunteer Boards. Nyiri has been working for the federal government since 2017.