Ms. Kirsten Hillman is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations Branch at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and also Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Ms. Hillman also served as the Senior Legal Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the WTO, and Director of the Technical Barriers and Regulations Division. Ms. Hillman worked for a number of years in the Legal Branch at DFAIT, first in the Oceans and Environmental Law Division and then in the Trade Law Bureau. During her years in trade law Ms. Hillman represented Canada as lead counsel before panels and the Appellate Body of the WTO and managed Canada’s international investor-state arbitration under the NAFTA.
Ms. Hillman has significant experience in international dispute resolution and was appointed by the Director General of the WTO to serve as arbitrator in a dispute between New Zealand and Australia. She has also served on the Department of Justice Dispute Resolution Committee, the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes and as Chairperson for the Compliance Committee under the UN-ECE LRTAP Convention.
Prior to becoming a public servant Ms. Hillman practised law in Montréal, in the area of commercial litigation. Ms. Hillman holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Bachelor of Common Law from McGill University.