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NATÔ Canada: A Discussion with Former CSIS Agent, Andrew Kirsch

Have a listen to our newest episode of our NATÔ Canada podcast, hosted by our Event Coordinator Erik Anderson, interviewing Andrew Kirsch, a former CSIS agent. They discussed Canada’s intelligence capabilities, both foreign and domestic, as well as the interplay between Canadian security services and the foreign interference scandal currently embroiling parliament.

Andrew Kirsch served as an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for just under a decade. He held roles as a policy analyst and a field investigator, ultimately leading the special operations security team running covert warranted operations. Today, Kirsch runs a security consulting firm, assisting organizations and individuals identify threats and vulnerabilities and implement strategies to mitigate their risk. He was appointed to the Ontario Expert Panel on Cyber Security in 2020, advising the government on strengthening cyber security practices in the broader public sector. He is a public speaker and trainer on issues of national and cyber security. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two young sons. Andrew’s memoir, I Was Never Here: My True Canadian Spy Story of Coffee’s, Code Names, and Covert Operations in the Age of Terrorism, was published March 1st 2022 and became an instant national bestseller reaching #6 and #9 on the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail Canadian and Hardcover Nonfiction lists.” 

Listen to the podcast at the links below!

Erik Anderson
Erik Anderson is a graduate student in Political Theory at the University of Toronto, having previously studied at Concordia University (BA Hons. Political Science) and York University (MFA Film Production). An avid cinephile, he’s taught both film production and the history of cinema at the university and college level, as well as having screened some of his own work at various film festivals in Canada and abroad. As an intern at the NATO Association of Canada, Erik is particularly interested in Canadian diplomacy, security, and events fostering cross-cultural appreciation between NATO member states. He can be reached at erik.anderson@mail.utoronto.ca.