Phil Rourke

Phil is the Executive Director. He’s a trade capacity building specialist with more than 20 years of experience working with trade ministries, universities, business associations, private firms and NGOs in all regions of the world. He also currently serves as Principal Advisor at the Shridath Ramphal Centre at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI). He lectures in trade policy and trade and development issues at NPSIA at Carleton University, the law school at the University of Ottawa, and in the Master’s in International Trade Policy (MITP) program at UWI. For more information, please see Phil’s profile on He can be reached by email at and by telephone at 613.520.2600, extension 6706.

Rosemina Nathoo

Rosemina is Director, UK Programs and International Legal Counsel at CTPL. 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. She has 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 law, negotiations, legal drafting , and dispute settlement. She advises governments on the design and implementation of their trade policy strategies. 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, a partnership between His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada, 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 at She can be reached by email and by telephone 613-520-2600 ext 1261.

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 and by telephone at 613-520-2600 extension 6523.

Academic Advisor

Meredith Lilly

Is CTPL’s academic advisor. She holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs (2016-2021).  Dr. Lilly is an award-winning researcher and public policy expert. She served as a policy advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister from 2012-2015, serving as foreign affairs and international trade advisor from 2013-2015. She has extensive experience in free-trade negotiations and international trade, public policy development, executive branch decision making, international security matters, and Canada-US relations. In 2014, she was listed among the Top 100 people influencing Canadian foreign policy by Power and Influence Magazine.

Within the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. Lilly oversaw the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership; she spearheaded Canada’s response to multiple humanitarian crises and global conflicts; led Canada’s renewal of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health initiative; and also the launch of its International Education Strategy.

Dr. Lilly’s current research is focused on global demographic transition and Canada’s economic interests, labour mobility provisions in multilateral free-trade agreements, and emerging public policy challenges facing Canada in the global economy. Her previous work focused on the influence of demographic change on employment and health systems planning. Dr. Lilly holds a Postdoctoral Certificate in Economics from McMaster University (2011), a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Toronto (2008), and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of Toronto (1998). Her areas of expertise include: Economics; free-trade negotiations; international trade policy; labour economics and labour mobility; global demographic transition; applied public policy.

Research Associates

Buck Duclos

Buck holds an MA in Public Policy from the University of British Columbia and a BA (honours) in Geography and Asia Pacific Studies from the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at NPSIA, Buck lived three years in Japan teaching English through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, here he acquired a passion for teaching and learned Japanese in the process. Prior to this Buck lived in China for several years first learning Mandarin Chinese and a second time serving at the Canadian consulate in Shanghai. Here he synthesized information on China’s economic policies and prepared reports on Chinese provinces for the Consulate’s clients. At NPSIA, he specializes in East Asia economic policy, with a special focus on migration and trade policy. His recent work focuses on the economic implications of immigration policy in the East Asian in relation to Canada. His earliest research focused on internal migration patterns in China, followed by a published chapter on issues related to labour rights and the WTO in China. Buck can be reached by email at

Samuel MacIsaac

Samuel completed a Masters in Economics at the University of Montreal in 2014. Before joining the PhD program at NPSIA, he worked as an Economist for Statistics Canada, publishing and disseminating data on the subjects of financial flows, gross domestic product, household debt, and immigration forecasting. At NPSIA, he specializes in migration and international finance as a part of the International Economic Policy stream of the doctoral program.  His other interests include trade policy and health economics. Samuel can be reached by email at

Sharon Zhengyang Sun

Sharon is currently in the NPSIA doctoral program, specializing in International Economic and Development Policy. Her research interest aims to further enhance Canada’s economic relations with the East Asia and Pacific region by focusing on trade and investment policy issues. Sharon also has interest in international trade negotiations and strategic foresight. Sharon was previously a business analyst and worked in the Chamber of Commerce Antwerp-Waasland in Belgium. In 2014, Sharon completed her Masters of Science in International Business at Barcelona School of Management, ESCI-Pompeu Fabra University, Spain. Her thesis business plan for a self-sustainable social enterprise in Mexican slums won her the regional finalist of the Hult Prize, founded by the Clinton Foundation, in Dubai. Sharon can be reached by email at

Associated Research Economist

Fanny Siauw-Soegiarto  

Fanny holds an MA in Economics with a Financial Economics concentration from Carleton University (2012). She has joined the NPSIA doctoral program in the International Economic Policy stream since September 2015. She specializes in trade and investment policy analysis including gravity modelling and survival analysis with a regional focus on ASEAN and Indonesia. Her other research interests include free trade agreements, international trade negotiations and digital economy. She can be reached at by email at