Principal Staff

Phil Rourke

Phil is Executive Director of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law.

He has 25+ years of experience in delivering professional training courses and institutional capacity building projects on trade policy and trade negotiation issues in all regions of the world.

Phil is a lecturer in trade policy and trade negotiations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.  He is co-trainer in CTPL’s Trade Negotiations Skills Project with the UK Department for International Trade.  He was an International Co-Trainer on trade negotiations for an EU Arise Plus Project in Cambodia (2020-2021).  He was lecturer in trade policy with the Shridath Ramphal Centre at the University of the West Indies in Barbados (2012-2017).

Phil is Project Director for the Canadian Trade and Investment Facility for Development (CTIF), a seven-year technical assistance fund to assist Asia-Pacific developing countries with their trade and development strategies.  He is also Project Director for the Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM), a seven-year technical assistance fund to assist Canada’s developing country trading partners with the design, negotiation, and implementation of their trade agreement strategies with Canada.

Phil holds an M.B.A from Queen’s University in Kingston (1992) and an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University (1989).

For further details, please see Phil’s profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-rourke-10a0b019/ 

Rosemina Nathoo

Rosemina is Associate Director and International Legal Counsel at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL). She leads CTPL’s Trade Negotiations Skills Training Project with the UK Department for International Trade.

She has 24 years of practical experience in law, trade negotiations, international development, issues management at the senior political level, and strategic planning. She designs and delivers executive-level training programs to government officials in trade negotiations, legal drafting, and dispute settlement. She advises governments on the design and implementation of their trade policy and trade negotiation strategies.

She is Chairman of the Board of Ryan’s Well, a Canadian charitable organization providing access to clean water in developing countries, as seen on Oprah, CNN, and CTV.

She is a lecturer in trade negotiations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. She is also International Co-Trainer on the EU Arise Plus Project for Cambodia, supported by the EU and German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ).

She was Lead Trade Law Advisor and Research Director on CTPL – Africa Trade Policy Centre Project to support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations process. She was part of the Expert Review Group that worked on the draft text and legal scrubbing of the final AfCFTA Agreement.

Rosemina was Secretary to the Board and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at University of Central Asia (UCA) in Kyrgyzstan chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. Prior to joining UCA, she led the legal, governance and corporate compliance functions for Aga Khan Foundation Canada, a Canadian charity focused on poverty alleviation in Africa and Asia. She was part of the corporate start-up teams to establish the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa and the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto. She also worked on Canada’s Parliament Hill as Chief of Staff on the Intergovernmental Affairs and Labour Ministerial portfolios.

Please see Rosemina’s profile on linkedin.com at linkedin.com/in/roseminanathoo. She can be reached by email Rosemina.Nathoo@carleton.ca and by telephone 613-277-5745.

Lisa Scheltema

Lisa is the Project Manager at the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL). She joined CTPL in 2001 as the Financial Assistant, and has held various positions at CTPL since starting with the Centre.

Lisa is also responsible for working closely with our partners on administrative and financial matters.

She graduated from Carleton University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.

Lisa can be reached by email at lisa.scheltema@carleton.ca .

Academic Advisor

Meredith Lilly

Meredith Lilly (PhD, University of Toronto) is the Simon Reisman Chair in International Economic Policy and Associate Professor of International Affairs at Carleton University.

She previously served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, overseeing within the Prime Minister’s Office the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, South Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership among others. Her research is focused on North American trade relations, the intersection of trade policy with labour and environment, economic sanctions, and border issues.  Dr. Lilly is a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, the Deputy Minister of Trade’s Advisory Council on International Trade, and the North American Forum.