Virginia International Business Council


"NAFTA: Virginia’s Canada Connection"

  • May 23, 2018
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


  • Available through May 14, 2018
  • Available through May 14, 2018
  • After May 14th
  • After May 14th

Registration is closed



Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™


Join us at our Monthly Luncheon Program on May 23rd for:

"NAFTA: Virginia’s Canada Connection"


A discussion on the trade relationship between Virginia and Canada '

with insight into NAFTA negotiations


Featured Speaker: Kirsten Hillman

Deputy Ambassador in Canada's Embassy to the US


Presentation will include a brief overview of Virginia’s trade relationship with Canada (its top trade partner), understanding the impact of NAFTA on Virginia, insights on ongoing NAFTA negotiations, and the impact on Virginia.


Details:  Wednesday, May 23, 2018  


11:45am - 12:00pm:       Registration & networking

12:00pm - 1:30pm:          Luncheon meeting and program


Venue for this Luncheon Meeting:


Omni Hotel, 100 S. 12th Street, Richmond, VA


Cost:   Early registration [by May 14th, 2018]: 


$25 for VAIBC members

$35 for non-members

Registration after May 14th:  $35 members, $45 non-members


Register online:


About the speaker: Kirsten Hillman is the Deputy Ambassador in Canada's Embassy to the United States of America in Washington D.C.


Prior to joining the Embassy in 2017, Kirsten held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations Branch at Global Affairs Canada, overseeing Canada’s trade policy and negotiations. She also was Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


Kirsten has held various positions at home and abroad including Director General at the Trade Policy Bureau and Senior Legal Adviser at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. She represented Canada as lead counsel before panels and the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, and managed Canada’s international investor-state arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Before joining Global Affairs Canada, Kirsten practiced law in Montreal in the area of commercial litigation and in Ottawa at the Federal Department of Justice.


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.


The Virginia International Business Council, Inc. (VAIBC™) was established in 1948, and it has had a distinguished history as a membership organization serving businesses engaged in or pursuing international trade and the wide range of professionals in the public and private sector that facilitate and enable international trade.  Our monthly luncheon programs provide networking and educational opportunities vital to success.  We also periodically conduct special workshops featuring experts in the field on topics we believe to be especially timely and vital to our members, as well as several annual special events, which have historically included our December holiday party and spring golf outing.   We actively support other Virginia trade organizations and events, and provide scholarships and other outreach to Virginia colleges and universities.  For more information, please contact us:







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