Event Date: November 23, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:00pm Location: FSS 5028, 120 University Private
Presented by CIPS and the National Security Network:
The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is one of Canada’s most important intelligence agencies. It may also be one of its least known. With a history dating back to World War Two, CSE is a foreign intelligence service, collecting information from global communications; a cyber security agency; and a partner with CSIS and the RCMP in providing technological assistance to their national security work. Bill Robinson will share his insights into CSE and Dominic Rochon will respond, providing additional insight.
Bill Robinson is one of Canada’s premier CSE watchers. He writes the blog Lux Ex Umbra, which focuses on Canadian signals intelligence activities, and he has produced a brief history of the CSE. A frequent consultant on SIGINT activities, he helped the CBC to analyze the Snowden revelations and assisted the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association in its legal challenge to CSE monitoring of Canadians. From 1986 to 2001 he worked at Project Ploughshares.
Dominic Rochon is the Deputy Chief of Policy and Communications for CSE, overseeing three distinct groups: Strategic Policy & Planning, Strategic Communications and Communications Services, and Disclosure, Policy and Review. He leads CSE’s efforts in cabinet and parliamentary affairs, business planning, reporting, operational policy, legal disclosure, access to information and privacy, external review, domestic and international strategic policy, and internal and external communications. Rochon has also served as Acting Director of Operations in the Privy Council Office’s Security and Intelligence Secretariat and held a variety of senior government positions, including Acting Director in the International Affairs, Security and Justice Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat.