The Canada Institute was founded in 2001 to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders. The Institute currently stands as the only nonpartisan public policy forum in Washington, D.C., the United States—and even Canada—dedicated exclusively to exploring emerging policy issues in one of the most successful and unique bilateral relationships in the world.

The Canada Institute’s programming strives to foster new thinking among government officials, academics, industry, and other key stakeholders in three core areas: border security, trade, and energy and the environment. Additionally, the Canada Institute organizes private briefings for policymakers, business executives, and academic groups, while releasing publications that bring to the fore positive and critical views of important bilateral issues.

The Canada Institute is committed to building and strengthening the Canada-U.S. relationship by advancing dialogue and the free flow of ideas on key bilateral issues to help policymakers make more informed policy decisions when addressing shared economic, environmental, and security challenges.

Canada Institute Advisory Board

The Canada Institute’s programming, publications, and strategic direction benefit greatly from the leadership and guidance of its advisory board, which features more than 20 prominent businesses and thought leaders from Canada and the United States.


Corporate Circle

The programs and publications undertaken by the Canada Institute have been made possible through the extraordinary generosity of its donors, in particular those Canadian and American businesses who see the importance of a strong bilateral relationship.


Award Dinner Recipients

The Canada Institute and the Wilson Center regularly recognizes two Canadians who have demonstrated strong leadership in either business or public service through the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.