BSDI Engagement, Outreach and Research

The Government of Canada engages the public, academics, civil society organizations and other stakeholders through symposiums and webinars. In addition, research on bias sensitivity, diversity and identity in national security has also been funded.

Engagement and Outreach

Expert Symposiums

Expert Symposiums bring together members from government, civil society organizations and academia to discuss a variety of topics.

Over 100 participants attended the First Annual Public Safety Expert Symposium, “Addressing Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion” on March 4, 2020 in Ottawa.

The 23 speakers, panelists, and moderators came from a variety of backgrounds and sectors. Each brought their unique expertise to discussions related to bias, diversity and inclusion in the field of national security.

In addition to two keynote speakers, the four main discussions included:

Read the full report from the 2020 Symposium here.


Expert webinars provide an opportunity for federal partners in national security to focus on a specific topic with academics and civil society members. Webinars also enhance conversations held at Expert Symposiums.

A webinar on Women in Terrorism and Counterterrorism with Dr. Joana Cook was held on July 15, 2020. Dr. Cook highlighted her research into the roles of women in terrorism and counterterrorism and the factors that impacted them.

Read the full report on Dr. Cook’s session.

Open Government Partnership: 6th Global Summit

In support of the National Security Transparency Commitment, security experts participated in the Open Government Partnership 2019 Global Summit. In “Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and Diversity in National Security: Can We Ever Be “Bias-Free”?” panelists discussed how intersectionality could be applied to government initiatives and approaches to addressing bias.

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Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence 2019 Event Series

The Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence (Canada Centre) 2019 Event Series was held in March 2020. It included an all-day symposium on Best Practices for Integrating Gender into Countering Violent Extremism Efforts.

The event brought together international experts and practitioners to share experiences of integrating gender-sensitive and bias-sensitive approaches into efforts to counter radicalization to violence. Topics during the event included the role of media, insights from frontline prevention and response, women and terrorism, and insights from peacebuilding.

Moonshot CVE, as the session leader, has produced a summary report of international and Canadian best practices for integrating gender into countering violent extremism (CVE) programs (External reference. English only).

Youth Summit

On October 16, 2019, the Canada Centre hosted a National Youth Summit on Countering Violent Extremist Use of the Internet in collaboration with Encounters with Canada, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. The event brought together government and technology company representatives, civil society members and diverse youth from across the country in order to:


The Government of Canada funds, plans and coordinates research relating to bias sensitivity, diversity and identity in national security. Research was formerly funded by the Kanishka Project, a project focused on better understanding what terrorism means in the Canadian context. The Canada Centre has since stewarded action-oriented research funded by the Community Resilience Fund, launched in December 2016.

This research includes, but is not limited to:

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