The Right Honourable Kim Campbell P.C.; C.C.; Q.C. served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993. She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit and the United Nations General Assembly.
After her tenure as Prime Minister, Campbell was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics (Spring 1994) and the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Study of Press and Politics (1994-1995) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She served as the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000), then returned to Harvard to teach at the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School (2001- 2004).
Ms. Campbell served as Secretary General of the Club of Madrid (2004-2006), an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratization through peer relations with leaders of transitional democracies. She is a founding member and additionally has served as its Acting President in 2002, its Vice President in 2003-2004 and served on its Board of Directors from 2007-2011.
Kim Campbell is a member and Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister. Ms. Campbell is a member of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement. She served as its President (2003-2005) and was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.
Today, Ms. Campbell does consulting in the areas of governance and leadership, and chairs the international advisory board of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev, as well as the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy. She is a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London. She serves on advisory boards of several international organizations such as the Arab Democracy Foundation in Doha, the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), and the Forum of Federations. Ms. Campbell is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations), the Global Council of the Asia Society of New York, and is a Senior Advisor to the Crisis Group. Ms. Campbell ´s corporate director experience includes the high tech, bio-tech and medical devices industries. She is also a founding member of the board of the Women’s Leadership Fund, an investment fund based in Zurich.
Kim Campbell was educated at the University of British Columbia (BA, 1969, LLB, 1983) and the London School of Economics (Doctoral studies in Soviet Government, ABD, 1970-73) where she is an Honorary Fellow. She holds nine honorary doctorates. The 3rd Edition of her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance was released in May of 2008 with an updated epilogue by the University of Alberta Bookstore.
Throughout her political career in Canada, Kim Campbell was deeply engaged in international issues including law reform and criminal justice, international trade (her signature appears on the NAFTA side agreements) and security (both as Minister of Defence and Prime Minister; as Justice Minister she served on the War Cabinet during the First Gulf War.) Since leaving politics Ms. Campbell continues to be involved in global issues where she works with many world leaders and former heads of state and government, and her views are sought in many international fora.
Ms. Campbell speaks widely on issues related to leadership, international politics, democratization, climate change, gender, and Canadian/American relations. For information on how to request Former Prime Minister Campbell as a speaker in the US, visit American Program Bureau or in Canada, visit National Speakers Bureau.
Ms. Campbell is married to composer, pianist, and actor, Hershey Felder.
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