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Jillian Stirk | Former Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada

Jillian Stirk

Jillian Stirk is a former Ambassador and Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada where she was responsible for strategic policy, global issues and European affairs. Over the course of her career, she has worked on a wide range of issues including security, peace support operations, human rights and democracy. In 2020, she led the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Election Observation Missions to Slovakia and Georgia. She has been an associate with the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue since 2014, and she co-led a project on diversity and inclusion for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation where she also served a mentor. She has been a director on several not-for-profit boards, in the area of education, research and literacy, including as chair of the West Vancouver Library Board. She is frequent speaker and commentator on foreign policy and diversity issues in Canada and abroad. Jillian speaks both French and English, as well as several other languages. She currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.