Canadian institutions are at the forefront of innovation, research and development in several areas, including science, technology, and engineering. Due to its advanced nature, research is a target for adversaries who may want to use it for malicious purposes. The transfer of our cutting-edge research can result in:
- damage to the integrity of Canadian academic and research institutions;
- advancements in the military and intelligence capabilities of threat actors;
- the possible violation of Canadian law(s) or regulation(s); and
- the loss of valuable intellectual property, which could have a negative commercial impact on Canada.
Remaining on the forefront of research is an asset that assures Canada’s economic prosperity, national security and integrity of its research.
Safeguarding Science Awareness Sessions and Workshops
The Safeguarding Science initiative delivers interactive workshops to academic and scientific institutions across Canada. The workshops aim to raise awareness within Canada’s scientific and academic communities of the risks of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear proliferation, the potential for the proliferation of dual-use technology, cyber security and best practices in maintaining a security-conscious research organization. The initiative informs participants about Canada's counter-proliferation efforts and commitments, and offers tools to help recognize and mitigate the specific risks Canadian institutions are facing, including those posed to their research and development.
Public Safety Canada is leading the Safeguarding Science initiative in collaboration with the following government departments:
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
- Global Affairs Canada
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Safeguarding Science has steadily grown into a well-received outreach and awareness program, with our multi-departmental team now having visited many universities and specialized laboratories across Canada since 2016.
If you would like to be put on a list of institutions interested in having a workshop, please complete our online Safeguarding Science Registration Request form. You will be asked to provide the following information:
- your first and last name;
- an email and phone number where you can be reached;
- the name and location of your institution or organization;
- your position; and
- the date when you would like us to visit.
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