The Team

laura1medmedLaura Dawson – Founder

Dr. Laura Dawson has more than twenty five years’ experience providing advice to businesses and government around the world on trade, regulatory, and border issues. The Hill Times named her one of the Top 100 Canadian foreign policy influencers of 2014. She is the Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.


Jeffrey Phillips – Managing Director

Mr. Phillips oversees the development and delivery of major research projects for the company and manages client relations. Prior to joining Dawson Strategic, Jeff worked at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), first as a Policy Analyst on energy issues and later as an Advisor in the Deputy Minister’s Office.


Rene Drolet – Associate

Mr. Drolet is an independent consultant who has been working in the field of environmental management and sustainable development for over 25 years. His main fields of expertise relate to public policy and regulatory analysis, in particular with respect to climate change (GHG emission reductions), air quality, water management, clean technology, and the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Samukele Ncube – Marketing and Communications Specialist

As the Communications Specialist for Dawson Strategic, Sam writes articles for the DS blog, in addition to overseeing all social media initiatives. Sam has extensive private sector experience working in digital marketing, overseeing various activities including content creation, website management and email marketing. Prior to joining Dawson Strategic, Sam studied International Business with a Concentration in Marketing and Trade at Carleton University.