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De-fragmenting Rules of Origin

Rules of origin have many uses in the global economy, including whether a product qualifies for preferential treatment in a free trade agreement, but, the complexity of these rules can undermine their  effective use within cross-border supply chains. A recent report, authored by Laura Dawson and Brian Staples, commissioned by the Canadian Council of Chief […]

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Dawson at Council of Foreign Relations

On Friday, June 13, Laura Dawson spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations Conference in New York City on NAFTA’s past and future. Other panelists ncluded Shannon O’Neill, Edward Alden, and Robert Zoellick.  It was great to hear from so many Canada-watchers and supporters of smart, open North American trade.  In October, the Council is set to […]

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BC poised for vibrant LNG market despite lingering labour and environmental concerns

The atmosphere at the 2014 International LNG in B.C. Conference (May 21-23), was nothing short of electric. The optimism in the room was palpable as participants from across Canada and the world met to discuss the prospects for B.C.s liquefied natural gas development and export prospects. Premier Christy Clark’s keynote address set the tone for […]

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Special Report: Mexican Energy Sector Reform

  The government of Mexico recently initiated a comprehensive reform package to open up and restore the profitability of its energy sector through an influx of foreign capital and technology. The landmark reforms to the hydrocarbons and electricity sectors effectively end a 75-year monopoly held by the state oil and gas company PEMEX and are […]

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Dawson To-Date

The 20th anniversary of the NAFTA has kept us very busy. Thanks to the great team at Dawson Strategic for keeping us on track during a hectic time. In support of the North American Vision report, I travelled to Mexico City, Tijuana, Washington, and San Diego.  Now that we have added two more papers on […]

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Did You Know?

Canada’s #1 cultural export is romance. Writing and published works are Canada’s most significant cultural exports, and Toronto-based Harlequin publishing and its famous romances lead the pack. The company publishes 110 titles per month in 34 languages, reaching 110 international markets across six continents! With half its books sold overseas and nearly 95% international sales, […]

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New Clients

  We are excited to begin a working relationship with our two newest clients: the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) and the NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry. With nearly 1,500 active members across Canada, the DRC is a non-profit, membership-based organization serving the dispute resolution needs of the produce trade […]

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The Contraband Tobacco Trade

On March 4, 2014, the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC convened representatives from federal government departments on both sides of the border, media, think tanks, First Nations leaders, the business community and subject-matter experts for a panel discussion on the problem of cross-border smuggling and border vulnerabilities on tribal lands […]

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LNG exports from the West Coast: Canada’s new energy centre?

  British Columbia, second only to Alberta in natural gas production, is positioning itself to be at the heart of Canada’s efforts to develop and export shale gas reserves. This will require moving gas from the northeastern part of the province to facilities on the coast. Once there, the gas would be converted to liquefied […]

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Mexico: Getting ready for new business

  Recently, Dawson Strategic had the opportunity to visit Veracruz, Mexico. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, the city was once the gateway for the Spanish Conquistadors and the fall of the Aztec Empire. Nowadays, Veracruz is the most important maritime port in Mexico, and a modern multimodal transportation hub that offers new investment opportunities […]

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