Kirsten Hillman, deputy ambassador in Canada’s Embassy to the United States of America, will greet Hoosier business leaders for breakfast on the second day of the Indiana Chamber’s annual D.C. Fly-in, on September 27.

Hillman is based in Washington D.C. and prior to joining the Embassy in 2017, she was assistant deputy minister of the Trade Agreements and Negotiations branch at Global Affairs Canada. There, Hillman oversaw the country’s trade policy and negotiations; she was also Canada’s chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The breakfast program on day two of the D.C. Fly-in will be held at the AT&T Forum. Hoosier business and community leaders are encouraged to join the Indiana Chamber in the nation’s capital and take the opportunity to visit with Indiana’s congressional delegation. The face-to-face networking with Indiana’s representatives in Washington offers Indiana’s business community the chance to let legislators and policymakers know what the most important priorities are for their businesses back home.

Hillman recently sat down with Dennis Wholey, host of “This Is America and The World”, a weekly, international affairs television show. The two discussed U.S.-Canadian relations and ways to strengthen ties. See the 25-minute episode here.

Other highlights for the D.C. Fly-in event include a dinner discussion on September 26 with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. He is expected to offer insights on policy, working with the Trump administration and the election outlook for the Senate this fall.

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will also provide commentary on the state of play for the midterms.

Immediately before dinner, several members of Indiana’s delegation will conduct legislative briefings. Presenters and topics include Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) on immigration; Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05) on health care; Congressman Pete Visclosky (IN-01) on the environment and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) on trade and tariffs. The U.S. Chamber will also offer an analysis on infrastructure and transportation matters.

Following breakfast on day two, D.C. Fly-in attendees will visit Indiana’s congressional offices for more discussion on top issues.

The cost is $199 per person, and group discounts are available. Each person is responsible for their own travel arrangements. Register here:

The dinner is sponsored by Zimmer Biomet; Legislative Briefing Sponsor is Smithville; Cocktail Reception Sponsor is Build Indiana Council. Event sponsors are: AT&T; The Kroger Co.; Old National Bank; Tristar; and Wabash Valley Power.

Charlee Beasor is the communications & PR manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for eight years.