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Laura Dawson New Director of Wilson Center’s Canada Institute

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Jul 02, 2015
The Wilson Center announced today the appointment of Laura Dawson as Director for the Center’s Canada Institute. “Laura brings extensive expertise working with the U.S. and Canadian governments and private sectors on critical issues like trade and our shared border,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. more

Canada-Mexico Trade: An Arranged Marriage Comes of Age

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Jun 12, 2015
Canada Institute Director Laura Dawson recommends that Canada should prioritize trade partnerships with the U.S. and Mexico as an immediate strategy to advance their role in the regional supply chain. Instead of looking for free-trade deals in emerging, more distant markets, Canada should focus on trade and expanding markets closer to home. Canada’s NAFTA trade has been on the decline for the past 15 years, but Dawson makes the case for intensifying Canada’s trading relationship with Mexico. The Mexican market is thriving, Dawson says, with a large and growing consumer base, increasing enrollment in higher education and high economic growth rates that make it one of the most burgeoning emerging markets in the world. Although there are obstacles that stand in the way of a deeper trade relationship, such as disagreements over visa restrictions and the lack of political will, a closer trade engagement with Mexico holds a great deal of promise to provide the greatest rewards at the lowest risk. more

Canada and Future Challenges in the Arctic

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Apr 15, 2015
Dr. Rob Huebert recommends that Canada and the United States should continue communicating with one another on matters related to Arctic sovereignty to avoid political misunderstandings and ensure proper surveillance and enforcement capabilities continue. Also, that Canada must ensure it meets NORAD, and the United States’, expectations in the Arctic, while providing the resources it needs to expand its our Arctic domain awareness. Canada will also need to balance its commitment to the Arctic Council with its commitment to its own foreign policy and to NATO, specifically as relates to the situation in Ukraine. more
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Canadian Hydropower and the Clean Power Plan

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April 29, 2015 // 9:00am11:30am
This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil its final rule for existing power plants as part of the Clean Power Plan. Hydropower, a zero-emission, dispatchable, base-load power source makes up more than half of renewable electricity generation in the United States. Canada supplies the United States with approximately 32 TWh of hydropower with room for significant additional expansion. Linked to the U.S. electricity grid through dozens of connections, Canadian hydropower exports have the potential to play an important role as states seek to reduce power sector emissions to comply with the Clean Power Plan. more

SEEWAY Art Exhibit by Wanda Koop

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March 20, 2015 // 4:30pm6:30pm
Please join the Wilson Center for the opening of SEEWAY, an exhibit from celebrated, contemporary Canadian artist, Wanda Koop. SEEWAY is a luminous collection of images reflecting Koop's journey down the Saint Lawrence Seaway. more

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