Ciuriak Consulting is a professional business services firm based in Ottawa (Canada) and active globally. We conduct economic and policy research and analysis and provide consulting services to help clients and partners realize projects based on our proven ability to conceptualize, operationalize and deliver.

In our core areas of expertise of international trade, finance and development and financial services regulatory policy, we provide:

• Impact analysis of trade agreements

• Market potential studies, including assessment of market access impediments

• Capacity Development and Training in trade analysis, including quantitative methods


• Quantitative trade modelling

• Policy analysis and advice based on extensive experience in providing analytical support to trade & investment and financial sector regulatory policy development and trade litigation.

• Document development and Editorial support



Trade and Investment Agreements and Canada's Financial Services Sector

The importance of services to Canada’s economy is often lost in the discussion of how Canada can take advantage of trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Commentary, we look to close this gap with respect to the vital financial services sector. Read more.



Brexit: the Impact of a UK Exit from the EU Single Market

Ciuriak Consulting conducted the quantitative trade- and investment-related impact analysis for Open Europe’s comprehensive evaluation of an exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union single market. The study develops alternative scenarios regarding what would replace the current single-market relationship and weighs the costs of exit against the potential benefits available to the UK from liberalization against the rest of the world. Read more.



Mega Regionals and Industrial Policy

Dan Ciuriak and Harsha Singh analyzed the implications of the regulatory framework for global commerce that is taking shape in the negotiation of the mega regional trade agreements. Read more.



The Canada-Korea FTA

The Ciuriak Consulting team developed an analysis of the implications for Canada of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement in a recent C.D. Howe E-Brief.



Canada’s Integrity Framework for Government Procurement

Ciuriak Consulting partnered with Dawson Strategic to develop an economic impact analysis of Canada’s revised integrity framework for public procurement. Read more...



The Staple Theory @ 50

It was an honour to be invited to contribute a commentary to a volume commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of “A Staple Theory of Economic Development,” a Canadian classic by Mel Watkins published in the Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science in 1963.



Should Canada Unilaterally Adopt Global Free Trade?

After many years of hard slogging, Canada recently concluded free trade agreements with the European Union and Korea. However, these agreements will not be fully implemented for many years to come. Is there an alternative to FTAs? This study considers the option of unilateral tariff elimination. It argues that this would propel Canada forward toward a more productive and technologically advanced industrial base, raising Canada’s attractiveness as an investment destination and its overall standard of living.



2013: The Economic Year in Review

As we zoom out and add more historical context, the events of 2013 seem to take on greater significance: from “same old, same old” in the new normal (a slow, jobless, debt-driven recovery), to signs of change in the Zeitgeist, and possibly even to historic tectonic shifts.



Climate Change and the Trading System: After Doha and Doha

Climate change and trade are colliding without agreed rules to sort out the problems at their intersection.
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Do comprehensive trade agreements generate more trade? A conjecture to reconcile alternative theories

Ours is an age of free trade agreements (FTAs) of all sorts and of various depth and breadth in the issues they cover – simple bilateral preferential trade agreements, broad economic partnership agreements, regional trade agreements, customs unions, monetary unions, and single markets. And this only scratches the surface of the tangled web of agreements that cover a range of trade-affecting issues from investment to double taxation to patent office cooperation. Read more.


Province-Level Impacts of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement


Ciuriak Consulting associates contributed an article to the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Agenda on the impact of Canada’s trade agreements at the provincial level. Read more.


Canola Market Impacts under the TPP


Ciuriak Consulting quantified what’s at stake for Canada’s canola sector in the TPP negotiations in a study for the Canola Council of Canada.


Improving Market Access for Small Enterprise


Dan Ciuriak with coauthors Hanna Melin and Derk Bienen contributed an analysis of the design principles for the mega regional trade negotiations to facilitate SME utilization of these agreements. Published in the Brazilian edition of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development’s journal, Pontes.


Canada’s Economic Diplomacy in China


Dan Ciuriak contributed an analysis of Canada’s economic diplomacy in China to the 2014/15 edition of the Canada-China Business Council’s Forum magazine.


Finding the Hidden Dragon


Ciuriak Consulting partnered with Dawson Strategic to develop comprehensive reports on the impact of Taiwan’s accession to the TPP on Canada and the United States. For the detailed quantitative analysis see the reports by Dan Ciuriak and Jingliang Xiao for Canada and the United States.


The Impact of Diplomatic Representation Abroad on Canada's Exports


Economic diplomacy boosts exports – and quite significantly. This new study sheds light on the questions of where, why and how.


Nova Scotia State of Trade, 2012

We are proud to have supported the development of Nova Scotia's inaugural state of trade, 2012.

The Resurgence of Industrial Policy and What It Means for Canada


Industrial policy, though long considered taboo in advanced Western economies, is reentering polite policy discussion.


Reindustrialization in North America: A Canadian Perspective


Three decades of supply side policy have hit the wall just as three decades of demand side policy hit the wall in the 1970s. The solution? Embrace the 60-40 world.
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Invest in Ethiopia - The Emerging Workshop of Africa

Meet Africa's newest "Lion Economy".