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 trade and transportation systems to help build a more sustainable future. 

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 social and environmental issues outlined in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our research priority areas are linked to specific UN SDGs.


  • 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 a broad set of skills in research, policy analysis, and government relations, combined with deep expertise in international trade policy issues. Drawing upon this foundation, we are uniquely suited to contribute our skills to help tackle sustainable development challenges. We are looking to support non-profit partner organizations on a pro bono basis working on issues related to illicit wildlife trafficking and wildlife conservation.