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Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell 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 John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She served as the Canadian Consul-General in Los Angeles from 1996-2000. In 2001 Ms. Campbell became a Fellow at the new Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School and then was invited to join the faculty as a lecturer and remains an Honorary Fellow of the center. From 2004 until 2006 Ms. Campbell served as Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, an organisation of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratisation through peer relations with leaders of transitional democracies. Ms. Campbell is a founding member and additionally has served as its Acting President in 2002 and Vice President 2003-2004. Ms. Campbell currently sits on the Board of Directors. Kim Campbell served as Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) from 1999-2003. The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister in their own country. From Oct. 2003 – Oct. 2005, Ms. Campbell served as President of the International Women’s Forum, a global organisation of women of significant and diverse achievement. Ms. Campbell is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev. She is a Trustee of the Crisis Group, the Salk Institute, and ICSR. She also serves on advisory boards of numerous other international organisations such as the Arab Democracy Foundation, which launched in Doha in May of 2007, the Global Security Institute (GSI), and the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI).

She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations), the International Council of the Asia Society of New York and the Board of the Forum of Federations. Ms. Campbell is a member of the Eminent Persons Group of the World Movement for Democracy’s Defending Civil Society project as well as the High-Level Advisory Group of the EastWest Institute‘s International Task Force on Preventive Diplomacy and serves on advisory boards for Glendon College at York University as well as UCLA’s School of Public Policy amongst others.

Ms. Campbell’s corporate director experience includes the high tech, bio-tech and medical devices industries and she is a consultant on issues related to democratization and leadership. 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’s an Honorary Fellow.

She holds seven honorary doctorates. Her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance was published in 1996 by Doubleday Canada. Ms. Campbell speaks widely on issues relating to leadership, international politics, conflict resolution, democratisation, international trade, gender, and Canadian/American relations. Visit www.apbspeakers.com for more information about how you can request the Right Honourable Kim Campbell as a speaker.