Margaret Purdy acted as an External Associate of the Security and Defence Forum Program as a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC and served as Principal Investigator with the Climate Change and Security Project in 2010. During her 28 years with Canada’s federal public service, Margaret held a wide range of policy, operational and senior management positions. Most of her work had a counter-terrorism focus, but she also provided leadership on transportation security, cyber security, emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence assessments and protective policing.
On April 6th, 2016, Margaret Purdy was one of the four eminent Canadians named by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to the national Advisory Panel on Canada’s defence policy review. The ministerial advisory panel will help craft a comprehensive plan for the military’s size and scope in the future.
She has published articles and book chapters on the security implications of climate change, the root causes of terrorism, the security of trade and transportation gateways, the role of diasporas in countering terrorism, and Canada’s counter-terrorism policy.
Learn more about her work by reading The Climate Change-Security Nexus Workshop Report and her chapter, Does Climate Change Qualify as a National Security Issue? A Canadian Perspective, in the volume “Climate change and security: planning for the future.”