The Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy honours the career of an exemplary Canadian public servant and trade negotiator. Although Simon Reisman is best known as Canada’s Chief Negotiator during the free trade talks with the United States, he also participated in a series of important international trade negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, including the 1947-48 conferences that established the modern international trade regime, and was a key player in the negotiation of the Canadian-US Auto Pact in 1965. He spent most of his public service career in the Department of finance, rising to the top post as deputy minister. Since retiring from the public service, Mr. Reisman has maintained his keen interest in Canadian economic policy issues, including as a royal commissioner and as a business leader.

The establishment of the Simon Reisman Chair in Trade Policy at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) has significantly enhanced the teaching, research, and outreach on trade policy already underway at Carleton. The Simon Reisman Chair has provided a focal point for the study of international trade and investment issues and for the wider understanding of emerging and related policy issues.

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Professor Meredith Lilly

lilly-300Meredith Lilly holds the Simon Reisman Chair in International Affairs (2016-2021). Dr. Lilly is an award-winning researcher and public policy expert. She served as Foreign Affairs and International Trade Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister 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.

During her tenure as the Prime Minister’s International Trade advisor, Dr. Lilly oversaw the conclusion of Canada’s free-trade negotiations with the European Union, Korea, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership among others. As Foreign Affairs advisor, within the Prime Minister’s Office 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. As Canada’s social affairs advisor to the Prime Minister (2012-2013), Dr. Lilly oversaw the overhaul of Canada’s temporary foreign worker program, renewal and transformation of the skills agenda, and the launch of strategies to support underrepresented groups in the labour force. Her experience across domestic and international portfolios informs Dr. Lilly’s current research interests in the intersection of domestic and international public policy and the economic consequences for Canadians.

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 a globalized economic context. 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).