About Us


Canadian policy and business activity is grounded in the principles of sustainable development: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.


To deliver research and foster dialogue that accelerates the transformation of our international trade and transportation systems to help build a more equitable and sustainable world. 

Our Story

Dawson Strategic was founded in Ottawa, Ontario in 2011 to address the policy research needs of business and government, drawing on our deep expertise in international trade, cross-border, and transportation issues. We have produced dozens of research reports and specialize in making complex policy issues clear and accessible.

Over the years, the core challenges that our clients face have evolved. In response to the urgent need for action on climate change and other environmental, social, and governance issues outlined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our research priority areas have evolved. 


  • People, profit, planet → these three areas of business impact are mutually reinforcing.
  • Building long-term relationships → we are only as successful as the relationships we invest in.
  • Bias for action → we prioritize projects where we can make a tangible impact.

Giving Back

Our team has skills in research, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and government relations.  We regularly donate our time and expertise to non-profit organizations working to build a more sustainable world, especially in the areas of wildlife conservation and the illegal wildlife trade (IWT). If you are a non-profit looking for assistance, please reach out by clicking on the ‘Contact’ page above.

Our impact-driven non-profit partners include: