Board of Directors

Andrea van Vugt

Global Director at Harper & Associates / Practice Lead, Trade at Wellington Advocacy

Andrea has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors in Canada and the United States. She is currently a Global Director at Harper & Associates and a Practice Lead at Wellington Advocacy. 

As the longest serving Foreign Affairs and Trade Advisor to Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, Andrea played an instrumental role in the conclusion of the Canada-Europe trade negotiations and Canada’s entry into the TPP negotiations. She advised the Prime Minister and members of cabinet during more than 20 bilateral visits around the world, and at summits which included the G8, G20, North American Leaders’ Summit, COP and NATO. As Chief of Staff to the Minister of International Trade, Andrea was instrumental in the conclusion of trade talks with Ukraine, Israel and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). 

Andrea has been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential people in government & politics by The Hill Times and as one of the most influential people in foreign affairs by Embassy Magazine. Her commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, The Ottawa Business Journal and Macleans Magazine. Andrea has appeared on Power & Politics and CTV News.