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

Oct 18, 2017

Yes we can feel for the Boyle family but questions remain and should be asked

First and foremost, Canadians and others should be very happy for Joshua Boyle, Caitlin Coleman and their children now that their five-year ordeal is over.  The conditions under which the family was held hostage by the Taliban/Haqqani group were truly horrendous and no one should underestimate or dismiss that.  I for one feel most for […]

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Oct 15, 2017

As with mass murderers so with terrorists

US authorities are still searching for a motive behind Stephen Paddock’s rampage in Las Vegas last week.  A number of ‘theories’ have been put forward, none of which are very helpful.  For instance, the fact that Mr.Paddock’s father was a bank robber and once on the FBI’s most wanted list has turned out to be […]

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Oct 12, 2017

Two Canadians held hostage by terrorists, two responses – is this fair?

We learned today that a Canadian, Joshua Boyle, has been rescued in Pakistan, together with his American wife and three children born in captivity after having been held for five years by the Taliban.  Mr. Boyle and his very pregnant spouse were taken by the terrorist group while ‘backpacking’ through central Asia, including Afghanistan. It […]

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