january 2012   

New Appointment
Stefania Bartucci named Director of Research
Stefania Bartucci

 Dawson Strategic experienced remarkable growth this year. We have projects in Canada, the United States and Brazil on cross-border contraband, government procurement, energy exports, emerging market strategies, and the Canada-US border initiative. This expansion  demanded that I add a senior researcher to the team who could manage client outreach and policy analysis with equal dexterity. No easy task! With that, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Stefania Bartucci as Research Director at Dawson Strategic.  READ MORE


Keystone XL Permit Denied
Not the beginning of the end
While recent actions on KXL have awakened Canada to the need to seek new energy markets on its own terms, good politics are not always good business.  Canada and the U.S. share both the problems and profits of the oil sands.  Few would argue that Canada and the United States had to find a way to address the environmental concerns raised by Nebraska. What is not clear is whether the rejection of Trans Canada's presidential permit application and the launch of a new application is the most efficient way to manage the amending process.   READ MORE 


Death of Trilateralism in the NAFTA Neighbourhood?

The NAFTA is a 17-year old trade agreement that does a pretty good job governing traditional goods trade and dispute settlement but the lack of  a mandate for political integration means there is no mechanism to override short-sighted local interests.  We don't need a grand initiative to launch NAFTA 2.0, but we do need political leadership to sustain the myriad competitiveness-building improvements that must be made. READ MORE


Russia, Canada, and the WTO
The Canadian curmudgeon who helped get Russia to the WTO
After eighteen years of preparation and near misses, Russia was finally admitted to the WTO on December 16.  Canadian trade expert, Bill Dymond, who passed away in November 2010, would have been very pleased indeed.   READ MORE
Good Reads
Canada and the United States; Canada and Emerging Markets
Canada comes and goes, but it does not stay: Mapping a Strategy for Canada's engagement in Asia.  
Wendy Dobson (2011),"Canada, China and Rising Asia: A Strategic Proposal," Canadian Council of Chief Executives (October). 


The Beyond the Border announcement must not be seen as a solution or an end to dialogue.  Jayson Myers (2012), "The Canada-US Relationship: A New Path Forward,"  Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters 20/20 Magazine (Jan/Feb).   READ MORE 

Spring 2012 Events
January 30: Attending public consultations 
at the US Chamber of Commerce on the Beyond the Border Action Plan in Washington, DC, followed by the US Department of Commerce Working Groups on US-Canada Regulatory Cooperation.


February 9: Releasing a paper on Canada's prospective role in the Trans-Pacfic Partnership through the CD Howe Institute.


February 23: Chairing an expert's group meeting hosted by the Canada-United States Law Institute  on BtB Action Plan in Washington, DC).


February 29: Participating in a dialogue on Canadian energy exports with Macdonald-Laurier InstituteInstitute of the Americas and 3Click Solutions, hosted by Norton Rose in Calgary, AB.  READ MORE


Dawson Strategic's client advisory work is closely tied to our research program. We have interesting projects in manufacturing, procurement, anti-contraband, and the extractive sector. In our advisory work, we help solve to cross-border problems before they become crises by engaging the right players at the right level and finding common interests on both sides.


Businesses, if you get jammed up at the border once, call talk radio but If it happens five times, call Dawson Strategic.

Until next time,


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In This Issue
New Appointment
Keystone XL
NAFTA Trilateralism
Bill Dymond
Good Reads
Spring Events
Did You Know?
market access or cross-border trade question?


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