Meridian Global Business Briefing with H.E. Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S.

H.E. Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S. provides introductory remarks to set the stage for a robust discussion with members of the Meridian Corporate Council.

With Canada becoming America’s largest trading partner in 2021, bilateral collaboration between our two nations has expanded rapidly across a variety of sectors in response to global challenges. On March 1, 2023, the Meridian Corporate Council partnered with ConocoPhillips to host a Global Business Briefing with Ambassador Kirsten Hillman. The discussion, moderated by Meridian CEO Ambassador Stuart Holliday, covered key areas of partnership between the U.S. and Canada.

H.E. Kirsten Hillman was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington D.C. in March 2020, the first woman to serve in this position. As Deputy Ambassador from August 2017 to August 2019, Ambassador Hillman was deeply involved in the negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Prior to joining the Embassy, Ambassador Hillman held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations Branch at Global Affairs Canada, overseeing all of Canada’s trade policy and trade negotiations. She also served as Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), one of the most visionary and progressive trade agreements implemented to date.

Two years after announcing the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership, President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau are set to meet once again in March 2023 to discuss new and emerging challenges including supply chain disruptions and energy security. The intertwined binational trade ecosystem between the U.S. and Canada will be key to addressing these challenges, fostering mutual competitiveness. Ambassador Hillman highlighted the unprecedented degree of security, energy and food independence, and economic vibrancy offered by strong U.S.-Canada collaboration, especially when conducted in cooperation with Mexico through mechanisms such as USMCA. While cultural media and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) financial incentives are points of contention, the rules-based stability of friendship between the U.S. and Canada will ensure a strong and resilient binational relationship in the years to come.

Project summary

Meridian Global Business Briefing with H.E. Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the U.S. | March 2023
Number of Visitors: 30
Number of Attendees: 30
Regions: Western Hemisphere
Countries: Canada
Impact Areas: Business and Trade, Energy and the Environment, Foreign Policy, Security and Defense
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Private Sector