Kirsten Hillman was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2020.
She served as Canada’s Acting Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington, D.C. from August 2019 until her nomination. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Ambassador in Washington from August 2017 until August 2019.
Before joining the Embassy of Canada to the United States of America, Ms. 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 was also Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Ms. Hillman has held various positions at home and abroad, including Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Trade Policy Branch and Senior Legal Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva.
Before joining Global Affairs Canada, Ms. Hillman practised law in the private sector in Montréal and at the Department of Justice in Ottawa.
She 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.