Director General of Academic Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement, Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) 

René Ouellette is the Director General of Academic Outreach & Stakeholder Engagement (AOSE) for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). In this capacity, he manages the Service’s engagement with academic partners whose expertise and insight help provide CSIS with a broad understanding of trends and to better inform the Service’s research and analytic capabilities. Through stakeholder engagement, Mr. Ouellette manages CSIS outreach with leaders in civil society, the private sector, and various levels of government to help the Service learn from Canadians, and to raise public literacy on national security and intelligence matters.

Mr. Ouellette joined the Service in 2006 and has held a number of positions within the organization since then, including most recently as the Deputy Director General of Operational Support (Toronto Region) where he oversaw prioritization and planning of CSIS special operations in the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe and south and southwestern Ontario. Prior to 2006, Mr. Ouellette served in a number of Government of Canada positions involved in public policy development and implementation, including as Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety, and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Mr. Ouellette has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Brock University (1999), a Master of Arts (Political Studies – Theory) from the University of Saskatchewan (2001), and a Professional Military Education from the Canadian Forces College (2014).

Mr. Ouellette grew up a proud Acadian in northeastern New Brunswick, and is an avid baseball fan. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, two young children, and two ridiculous cats.