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

Jun 18, 2018

Score one for the good guys

Well this was a day of opposites in Canadian news.  This morning the Globe and Mail reported that a man convicted almost 20 years ago in a murder case that was secured thanks to a ‘Mr Big’ operation wants the Supreme Court to re-open his case.  That same court ruled in 2014 that this tactic, […]

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Jun 18, 2018

An uneventful G7 – from a security standpoint

This piece appeared in The Hill Times on June 18, 2018 Well, the G7 in La Malbaie, Quebec, is over and some would say ‘Thank God!’  It would be hard to imagine a weirder summit than the one Canada just hosted.  The group of seven powerful economic and political nations usually gathers to talk shop, […]

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Jun 17, 2018

When Canada saved American lives

To say that Canada-US relations are going through a rough spot now would be a slight understatement.  Trade tariffs.  A disastrous Canada-led G7, due mostly to the ?performance? of the US President.  Accusations that Canada burned down the White House during the War of 1812: an amazing feat for a country that was not born […]

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