John Gilmour enjoyed a thirty-seven year career in the federal government in positions of growing responsibility. His initial professional experience was with Transport Canada and the management of Canada’s major international airports. This included serving as project manager and analyst for airport security programs. This led to a two-year assignment with the Security and Intelligence (Operations) section of the Privy Council Office as a senior policy analyst, in support of the office of the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister (NSA).

From there John joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), where he served in a variety of branches, most recently as the Head-Strategic Planning and Operational Analysis with the Service’s Counter-Terrorism Division.  Although retiring from the Service in 2018, he is periodically retained as a senior advisor. He is also retained by a commercial firm providing crisis management training to a broad spectrum of clients.

John has a BA from Carleton University (Ottawa), and a Masters and Ph.D from the War Studies Program of the Royal Military College of Canada (Kingston). In addition to serving as a Fellow with CGAI, he is on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) – Vancouver, is a Fellow with the  North American and Arctic Defence Security Network, and serves as a Director with the Canadian Intelligence Network. He is also an instructor with the University of Ottawa’s  Professional Development Institute on terrorism and intelligence/national security issues and Carleton University’s School of International Affairs (counterterrorism). He has contributed to a number of peer-reviewed articles to national security-related journals.


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