Graduate School of Public Policy


Public policy professional and US/Canadian think tank veteran with over three decades of experience. Currently, Director of the Centre on Trade and Investment Policy at the Canada West Foundation. Areas of current work include North American and Indo-Pacific trade policy, infrastructure and competitiveness, and the role of provinces as international actors. A frequent witness at parliament and media commentator on Canadian trade issues including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Indo-Pacific engagement, and the role of diasporas and the private sector in international development. 

Previously, served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and Canadian chair of the bi-national Canada-Mexico Initiative.  Prior to coming to Canada served in the Latin American and Caribbean region Technical Department at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and subsequently ran Haiti/Dominican Republic/Caribbean operations for the Inter-American Foundation, a U.S.  government foreign aid agency.  A founding member of the Enterprise Research Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank specializing in Private Sector Development and Corporate Social Responsibility issues. BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, MA (incomplete) from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University with course work at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

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Book Chapters

  • The role of the private sector and the diaspora in rebuilding Haiti, Haiti hope for a fragile state, Centre for International Governance Innovation Canada
    2006, ISBN: 155458132X Editors: Shamsie, Yasmine Thompson, Andrew S
  • Keep Your Friends Closer: Managing Economic Relations in the Canada-U.S.-China Triangle, Canada and Great Power Competition: Canada Among Nations 2021, 31 August 2022
    ISBN 978-3-031-04367-3 Editors, David Carment, Laura Macdonald, Jeremy Paltiel

Refereed Articles

  • Prest, Stewart Harrington, Andrew Unheim, Per Carment, David Dade, Carlo, The international peace and conflict dimensions of Jamaican and Haitian Diasporas, Human architecture, Volume 7, Issue 4, 15 (Belmont: Okcir Press, September 2009) ISSN: 1540-5699

Technical Reports/Briefs

  • Law, John & Dade, Carlo. From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy: The Path to a National Trade Infrastructure Plan for the Next Generation of Economic Growth. Canada West Foundation. May 9, 2022 ISBN 978-1-989323-85-4
  • Rooney, Mathew & Dade, Carlo. North America’s Border Infrastructure: How It Limits Global Competitiveness and How to Fix It. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. October 7, 2022</span
    Sun, Sharon & Dade, Carlo. More Than the Usual Suspects: Western Canadian export opportunities to Japan under the CPTPP. Canada West Foundation. January 29, 2020 ISBN 978-1-989323-48-9
  • Dade, Carlo & Sun, Sharon. When interests converge: Agriculture as a Basis of re-engagement with China Canada West Foundation. November 2, 2020 
  • Dade, Carlo & Pittman, Sarah. Sprouted: The plant ingredient opportunity taking root on the Prairies December 12, 2017 ISBN 978-1-927488-74-4
  • Dade, Carlo & Ciuriak, Dan, The Art of the Trade Deal: Quantifying the benefits of a TPP without the United States (2017) Canada West Foundation ISBN : 9781927488508
  • Dade, Carlo, The business case for an Alberta international development office (2014) Canada West Foundation ISBN : 1-927488-17-6
  • Law, John & Dade, Carlo. Building on Advantage: Improving Canada's Trade Infrastructure (2014) Canada West Foundation ISBN: 9781927488157
  • Dade, Carlo, Unheim, Per., Diasporas and private sector development impacts and opportunities, Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) OCLC : (OCoLC)549270497
  • Dade, Carlo. The Privatization of Foreign Development Assistance. Canadian Foundation for the Americas. 2006