Steven C. Dover
Steven C. Dover has managed the government relations needs of a wide range of clients for over 30 years. His work has primarily covered representation and advocacy for international businesses, industry associations and various coalitions with Canadian interests, as well as for several foreign governments in their dealings with Canada.
Clients have benefited from Steven’s expertise in international trade, procurement, customs, security, finance, taxation policy, health as well as infrastructure and construction. Moreover, he has extensive experience and knowledge in these areas at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. He is highly skilled in helping his clients develop relationships with key government stakeholders based on mutual interests and priorities, as well as uncovering opportunities for business development.
Throughout his career, Steven has cultivated a growing network of partners and affiliates, including international associations, lobby groups and government representatives in the U.S., South America and Asia. Utilizing these international networks of trusted government relations and public affairs professionals, Steven identified and advanced new business opportunities for clients with development and trade interests abroad.
Steven’s knowledge and expertise has been sought after by foreign governments who have had difficulty moving their agendas forward. His successes working for international governments include: developing a sound governance program for Vietnam; working with the former President of Costa Rica to develop a free trade agreement with Canada; and working with Taiwan’s Ottawa-based offices to enhance their position with Canada’s Members of Parliament by facilitating cultural and parliamentary exchanges, discussions to enhance trade talks with Canada, and obtaining diplomatic license plates for travel in Canada.
Steven’s international business practices have led to his serving as a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of TAG, Chair of the Global Strategies Group and as an Associate Member of the American Bar Association.
Steven is a former Chief of Staff to a federal Cabinet Minister, serving in two ministerial portfolios. Complex files such as the Winter Olympic Games, trade relationships and customs practices came under his purview.
As a guest speaker at AGMs and events in the non-profit sector, Steven makes time to support many worthwhile causes he has gotten to know throughout his career by delivering lectures and workshops on current government relations topics.