The Team

Laura Dawson

Laura 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. Dr. Dawson is Principal Program Manager (Americas) at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is the former Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.

Jeffrey Phillips

Jeffrey Phillips

Managing Director

Jeff oversees the development and delivery of major research projects for the company and manages client relations. His main research areas include: the future of transportation, urban mobility, and sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and sits on the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Regional Transportation and Infrastructure (RTI) Committee. Prior to joining Dawson Strategic, Jeff worked at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as an Advisor in the Deputy Minister’s Office.

René Drolet

René Drolet

Associate

René is an independent consultant who has been working in the field of environmental management and sustainable development for over 30 years. His main fields of expertise relate to public policy and regulatory analysis, with a focus on climate change (GHG emission reductions), air quality, water management, clean technology, and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Kathy Fang

Kathy Fang

Research Associate

Kathy is an experienced researcher specializing in econometric analysis with a focus on GHG emission reduction policies and sustainable transportation. She is currently completing the MSc Economics Program at Uppsala University in Sweden. Prior to joining Dawson Strategic, Kathy studied Economics with a focus on Environment and Society at the University of British Columbia and Sciences Po Paris.

Daniela Ramirez

Daniela Ramirez

Research Assistant

Daniela is a multidisciplinary researcher with experience collaborating with organizations to develop climate change solutions. Her areas of specialization include international environmental policy, sustainable development, and the circular economy. Daniela also serves as a Policy Analyst at the British Columbia Council of International Cooperation and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.