Wade studied at the University of Alberta (B.A.), Dalhousie University (M.A.), and Carleton University (Ph.D.). Before completing his Ph.D., he worked for the Mayor’s Task Force on Safer Cities in Edmonton, the Atlantic Institute of Criminology in Halifax, and Law Commission of Canada in Ottawa.
His research interests range from an unabashed fascination with all things theoretical to a more substantive focus on policing, law, technology, and security. Since 2004, Wade has been the Director of the Ottawa-based National Security Working Group (NSWG). He has conducted research for the RCMP and the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, as well as developing web-based learning materials for Pearson Education. Wade is a frequent media commentator and a strong proponent of community-oriented forms of education and intellectual engagement.