The Massey Dialogues — Ambassador Kirsten Hillman on Canada and the United States: Communication and Collaboration in Unprecedented Times

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The Massey Dialogues — Ambassador Kirsten Hillman on Canada and the United States: Communication and Collaboration in Unprecedented Times

Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Massey College welcomes Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, to discuss the health of the Canada-U.S. relationship, and how the strong lines of communication have supported the unprecedented actions and decisions made together through this pandemic.  From border restrictions at our shared border to resolving challenges with our integrated supply chains, Canada and the United States are learning to be more resilient together. As USMCA/CUSMA come into force on July 1, Ambassador Hillman looks ahead to the next phase of this strong partnership. Principal Des Rosiers will host the conversation, they will be joined by Senior Fellow Dr. Christopher Sands and Junior Fellow Darby Bates who will serve as commentators.


Click here to watch the livestream. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Kirsten Hillman was appointed Canada’s Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington D.C. in March 2020.

She served as Canada’s Acting Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington, D.C., since August 2019. Before that, she served as Deputy Ambassador in Washington from August 2017 to August 2019.

Prior to joining the Embassy of Canada to the United States, 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.


Dr. Christopher Sands was elected a Senior Fellow of Massey College in 2019. An American scholar, he holds a US federal appointment as Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and he is a professor of Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.


Darby Bates is a Junior Fellow at Massey College pursuing her M.Sc. in physics at the University of Toronto. She studies ultracold atoms in the Thywissen group, cooling atoms to extremely low temperatures with applied magnetic fields and lasers, then trapping them in a lattice made of laser light, where the atoms are then imaged on a quantum gas microscope.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Darby lived in Arizona for almost 15 years before moving back to New Jersey to finish high school. She graduated from Smith College in 3.5 years with a double major in physics and French studies, having spent her junior year abroad in the Smith Sciences in Paris program where she interned in the Fermi gases group at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel. Then, she interned at Columbia University in New York City for 8 months before moving back to Paris for her Fulbright. As a Fulbrighter, she returned to continue to perform cold atoms research in the Fermi gases group at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel and study physics at the École Normale Supérieure in the International Centre for Fundamental Physics M1 program.





Thursday, June 18
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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