Principal Staff

Phil Rourke

Phil Rourke has 20+ years of practical experience in delivering professional training courses on trade policy and negotiation issues.  He 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.

Phil has worked with senior representatives of trade ministries and their respective training institutions in all regions of the world, including Central and Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia), the Caribbean (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba), Latin America (Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina), and Asia (China, Mongolia).   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 is co-instructor of CTPL’s trade negotiation courses for the UK Department for International Trade.  

Rosemina Nathoo

Rosemina is Director of UK Programs and International Legal Counsel at CTPL. She leads CTPL’s Trade Negotiations Skills Training Project with the UK Department for International Trade.

She has 18 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 strategies.

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’s Africa Trade Policy Project to support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiations process. Rosemina was the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at University of Central Asia (UCA) in Kyrgyzstan. 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

She is the Financial Administrator at CTPL. She has held various positions at CTPL since starting with the Centre in 2001. Lisa graduated from Carleton University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree. She can be reached by email at lisa.scheltema@carleton.ca and by telephone at 613-520-2600 extension 6523.

Academic Advisor

Meredith Lilly

Meredith Lilly is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the MA program at Carleton University where she holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs focused on trade policy. She is also Associate Director of the MA Program at NPSIA.

Dr. Lilly is a national award-winning researcher with extensive experience in public policy development and executive branch decision making. She previously served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and oversaw 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 other files. Her current research is focused on Canada-US trade relations, international labour mobility, and economic sanctions. She is also a frequent media commentator on North American trade relations and the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).