Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson, PhD, is the President of Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access, and regulatory issues. Previously, she served as senior advisor on US-Canada economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa and contributed to the launch of the US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council and the Beyond the Border agreement.

Recent Research by Laura Dawson

— Nov 26, 2015
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Toward Free Trade in Canada

Following the conclusion of negotiations for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, the study, Toward Free Trade in Canada: Five Things the Federal Government Can Do To Open our Internal Market, outlines several opportunities for freer trade among Canadian provinces.

— Sep 5, 2013
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement currently under negotiation will secure a trade alliance between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. These countries have a combined economy (GDP) of over $27 trillion, comprising nearly 35 percent of global GDP and about one third of global trade.

— Jul 9, 2013
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Canada is in the midst of negotiations over the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union, and the multi-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). A key issue to be settled in these negotiations is intellectual property (IP) protection for pharmaceutical innovation. Canada faces pressure to enhance IP protection so that it more closely aligns with protection that prevails in Europe and the United States, among other nations.