University of Waterloo community members are invited to join Public Safety Canada (PSC) for several online workshops throughout May and June 2024.

Please register below to receive an MS Teams link to the session(s).

Module 1: Safeguarding Science

The goal of the webinar is for participants to:

  • access guidance and tools to strengthen security posture;
  • understand best practices to identify and mitigate research security threats;
  • pursue and maintain safe research partnerships;
  • maintain institutional reputation of a safe research organization; and
  • protect valuable research, data or potentially patentable property.

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Module 1 – Thursday, May 2, 2024; 1-2:30 p.m.

Module 1 – Tuesday, May 14, 2024; 1-2:30 p.m.

Module 2: Dual-Use Technologies: Know Your Research – Know your Partners - Assess the Risk

The module elaborates on dual-use technologies and research with specific examples. These examples highlight the complex nature of dual-use technologies, and ways to recognize their sensitivities. The outcome of the module will enhance understanding of the dual-use nature of any research, whether in STEM or social sciences, and give frontline researchers and institutions tools to perform their due diligence and evaluate risks appropriately.

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Module 2 – Friday, May 17, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

Module 2 – Tuesday, June 11, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

Module 3: Demystifying the International Student Immigration Process

The purpose of this presentation is to provide insight on the immigration process for international students and to explain how prospective applicants are security screened for admissibility.

The presentation will provide an overview on the immigration forms, supporting documents and requirements for a study permit. The roles and responsibilities of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and its security screening partners will be detailed. Case studies are included within the presentation to help demonstrate the process.

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Module 3 – Tuesday, May 21, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

Module 3 – Tuesday, June 18, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

Module 4: Know before you Export: Canada’s Export and Brokering Controls

The presentation aims to increase knowledge about Canada’s export controls regime, what is controlled and why; explain how research institutions and academia may be subject to export controls; show how to apply for an export permit; and provide a list of resources and contacts for reference.

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Module 4 – Friday, May 24, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

Module 4 – Thursday, June 6, 2024; 1-2 p.m.

All modules are intended for, but not limited to, researchers, research staff including technicians, postdoctoral fellows and students, research security professionals, research administrators, information technology and information management staff, security personnel, biosafety and radiological safety officers, human resources personnel, supply chain personnel, senior management and any other university personnel.

Participation is limited to 250 people per module. Please use your university email address to register.

If you have any questions about the modules, please email