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Secure and Responsible Technology Policy Foundations

Secure and Responsible Technology Policy Foundations is the first course in a new professional education program designed for professionals across policymaker and technology communities who want to advance responsible tech policy in Canada.

8 weeks

Live virtual sessions

Learn from leading policy experts and tech practitioners

Winter 2024 session: January 23 to March 12, 2024

Registration closes Sunday, January 14

Want to learn more? CLICK HERE to watch the information session and find out how the Secure and Responsible Tech Policy (SRTP) course will benefit your career.

Dais Learning: Microcredential Program

Secure and Responsible Technology Policy Foundations (Course I)

WINTER 2024: January 23 to March 12, 2024

No Prerequisites required.

A joint initiative of the Dais and Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Toronto Metropolitan University, offered in partnership with the Canadian Council of Innovators (CCI) and Ontario’s Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.

Program sponsor: Public Safety Canada

See Course II: Cyber Security Policy in Canada

About the course

In the Secure and Responsible Tech Policy Foundations course, learners will develop a deeper understanding of the digital technology governance landscape in Canada and globally.

You will be introduced to a secure and responsible tech lens for critically assessing current issues in four tech policy domains:

  • the digital economy
  • cyber security
  • disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence
  • digital infrastructure and a connected society

The Foundations course is the first course in the SRTP program.

Offered by

The Dais
Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst

Program sponsor

Public Safety Canada

Developed in partnership with

Cyber Security Centre of Excellence

What you’ll learn


Deepen your understanding of key concepts in the rapidly evolving Canadian and global digital policy landscape.


Develop skills for critically analyzing digital technology policy issues through a responsible tech lens.


Grow valuable networks across digital and cyber policy communities, and engage with leading speakers in the field.

Learners earn a microcredential for completion of each course in the SRTP program.

Course Outline

Laying the Foundations

Week 1
Course welcome + kickoff

Week 2
Introduction to secure and responsible tech policy

Deep Dives into Four Tech Policy Domains

Week 3
Disruptive technologies, including AI

Week 4
Digital infrastructure and a connected society

Week 5
The digital economy

Week 6
Cyber security

Global Tech Governance and Group Presentations

Week 7
Global tech governance and Canada

Week 8
Group presentations + course conclusions

Guest Speakers


Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri
Professor and Responsible AI Program Director, Toronto Metropolitan University

Vass Bednar
Executive Director, Master of Public Policy in Digital Society Program, McMaster University

Ben Bergen
President, Council of Canadian Innovators

Senator Colin Deacon
Senate of Canada

Honourable Michelle Rempel Garner
Member of Parliament for Calgary Nose Hill and former Cabinet Minister

Simon Kennedy
Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Humera Malik
CEO, Canvass AI

Bianca Wylie
Partner at Digital Public & co-founder of Tech Reset Canada

New speakers to be added for Winter 2024


8 weeks (January 23 to March 12, 2024)
Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST

  • Live virtual sessions
  • Real-time, online learning in a small group
  • Exclusive access to leading guest speakers
  • Applied, collaborative and inclusive learning environment 
  • Earn a microcredential, endorsed by program partners

Who should apply

Early- and mid-career professionals and leaders across Canada’s policymaker and innovator communities — from governments and regulators, large companies, tech startups, not-for-profit and academic organizations. Learner profiles include:

  • Policy, strategy and public affairs professionals 
  • Technologists in infosec, privacy, integrity and other tech-adjacent roles 
  • Professionals who intersect with governments and regulators 
  • Anyone interested in shaping a better tech future


Regular Price

CA $1,750 + HST

(Early Bird rate:  $875 + HST)

Non-Profit Rate*

CA $750 + HST

(Early Bird rate:  $500 + HST)

Apply by December 31 to take advantage of the Early Bird rates.

(*Available to learners with incorporated non-profit and charitable organizations)

For applicants subject to the Regular Rate, a limited number of needs-based bursaries are available for individuals who require financial assistance and cannot access professional development funds from their employer. Email us to learn more.

Meet the instructor

André Côté
Head of the SRTP Program + Director of Policy and Research

The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University

André Côté

Get in touch

Questions or want to learn more about the program?

Rahel Appiagyei-David
Leadership Development Facilitator

The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University

Rahel Appiagyei-David


“The creme de la creme of tech policy leaning in Canada with a niche focus on cyber.”

“Great engaging instructors, interesting discussions, 360-degree view on innovative tech policy issues and comprehensive framework for development of secure and responsible policies in the tech world.”

“The hands-on nature of the course is perfect for practitioners and has been very helpful in furthering and structuring my own thinking about tech policy.”

~ Learners from Spring 2023 edition of the SRTP Foundations course