WIN Research Security Talk: Safeguarding Research at UW - Current Status of Canadian policy and Future Trends

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 11:00 am - 11:00 am GMT (GMT +00:00)

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is excited to host a WIN Research Security Talk presented by Justin Nankivell, Director of Research Security at the University of Waterloo. 

In-person in QNC 1501.

Safeguarding Research at UW - Current Status of Canadian Policy and Future Trends

The process of safeguarding research is well underway and moving forward in a range of critical ways that UW faculty must be aware of.  New federal government policy, aimed at setting up a Research Security architecture and outlining parameters for research partnerships, is being put in place.  Similar provincial policies are also being enacted that will have impacts related to research partnerships and international collaboration. This talk will focus on how we got to this point in Canada, what these changes mean for researchers, and where we are likely headed as the safeguarding research file continues to develop.

The UW Safeguarding Research webpage can be accessed here as a good primer prior to the talk:


Dr. Nankivell is the current Director of Research Security at the University of Waterloo.  The central objectives of this new post are to create a safeguarding research program that can navigate research risk, protect UW researchers and institutes, create risk-mitigation processes, protect commercialization and international efforts, and utilize cyber security and data protection mechanisms to safeguard the University of Waterloo in its key STEM areas and range of innovation institutions.

From 2008-2018, Dr. Nankivell was a professor of International law and International Security, and later Associate Dean of Academics, at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, under the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, in the US.  He specialized in East Asia security governance, international law, and foreign policy.  From 2018-2022, he worked a senior executive in the Government of Canada, under Public Safety Canada, handling a range of national security files related to the Indo-Asia Pacific, to include economic security, foreign interference, and the protection of democratic institutions.