• Laura Dawson
  • Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson, Canada Institute at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars , Director


Canada Institute at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Laura Dawson is Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The Canada Institute works to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and U.S.-Canadian relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders.

Named one of Canada’s Top 100 foreign policy influencers by the Hill Times in 2014, Dawson is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on Canada-U.S., NAFTA and international trade issues.

Laura has more than fifteen years’ experience providing advice to businesses and government around the world on trade, regulatory, and border issues. She has served as senior advisor on U.S.-Canada economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa.  As a specialist in U.S.-Canada economic relations, she contributed to the launch of the U.S-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council, the Border Vision Strategy, and the bilateral Government Procurement Agreement.

As a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Laura has conducted research in North American competitiveness, supply chains and energy policy. She has also conducted research for clients and scholarly publications in investor-state dispute settlement, cross-border labor mobility, government procurement, technical barriers, energy, telecommunications, financial services, softwood lumber, foreign investment review and corporate-social responsibility in the extractive sector.

From 1998 to 2008, Laura was a senior associate at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton University, advising governments in developing and transition economies on trade and investment issues. She has also taught international trade, Canada-U.S. relations, and policy analysis at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton and

She is a Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and serves on the board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region.

Laura continues to serve as Emeritus Advisor at Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues.

Laura holds a PhD in political science from Carleton.


Speaking role:

Chair of the Expand in the USA conference.