who we are

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting. He worked as a strategic analyst in the Canadian intelligence community for over 30 years, including 15 at CSIS, with assignments at Public Safety Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police . He specializes in radicalization and homegrown Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Islamist-inspired extremism. He has spoken to audiences about terrorism across Canada and the US and around the world. He is the author of "The Threat from Within: Recognizing Al Qaeda-Inspired Radicalization and Terrorism in the West", "Western Foreign Fighters: The Threat to Homeland and International Security" and the forthcoming "The Lesser Jihads: Bringing Islamist extremism to the world" (all available at Rowman and Littlefield).


We offer training for those who need the latest information on threats to your security. Whether you want a fuller understanding of groups such as Islamic State, updates on security situations in the world's conflict zones or insight into dealing with the terrorist "insider threat" we can help. Training is tailored to your requirements and we can address audiences ranging from small groups to audiences in the hundreds, as well as conference and symposium presentations. Contact us below to see what we can offer you and your agency! Nous offrons nos services en français. Ofrecemos nuestros programas en español.

recent posts

Jul 20, 2018

An unhelpful ruling in Canada on intelligence gathering

If you were to ask most Canadians about our intelligence services the first response would very likely be “Wait!  We have intelligence services??” I am being only slightly facetious.  I imagine everyone knows about CSIS – the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (where I worked for 15 years) – and maybe a few recognise CSE – […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Is Tunisia turning a corner on terrorism?

Tunisia presents an interesting case study when it comes to terrorism.  The North African country was, of course, where the ‘Arab Spring’ began on December 18, 2010 (coincidentally my birthday!) when a crowd protested the self immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi who killed himself the day before when police had confiscated his wares and a female […]

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Jul 18, 2018

Do we use the T word too often or not often enough?

One of the reasons why I continue to talk and write about terrorism is that I find the field fascinating, and not just because I have worked in countering it for nigh on twenty years.  I never cease to learn more about terrorism and terrorists and what makes the whole thing tick and as someone […]

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