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Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell

19th Prime Minister of Canada

The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell rose to fame as our country’s first female Prime Minister and one of the youngest Prime Minister’s worldwide. Since her tenure as leader, she has traveled internationally to represent Canada and strengthen democracy and women’s leadership around the world. From her rise as a young leader to an international advocate for democracy, and a ‘leader of leaders’, Ms. Campbell brings a unique and matured perspective on current events, politics and international relations.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Presentations

Can Leadership Be Taught?
As founding Principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Campbell is cultivating a new generation of leaders. Drawing on her personal experience as well as the most up to date social science, former Canadian Prime Minister Campbell explores aspects of effective leadership across sectors, and if they can be taught and developed.

Gender & Power
Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Through her political career serving at all three levels of Canadian government, Kim knows what it’s like to make it in a man’s world, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers and speakers on gender issues.

The Business Case for Women Leaders
In the last century, the argument for including women in leadership positions such as corporate boards seemed to rely on it being a kind and noble thing to do. However, recent studies are showing that the inclusion of women can improve decision-making and even the intelligence of a group, which in turn, improves performance overall.

Social & Security Dimensions of Climate Change
In the past decade, climate change has come to be recognized globally as one of the most serious challenges facing our planet. Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell can discuss not only the impact of the physical changes of global warming on human societies but also the security risks that can be posed by this global threat as well.

Democratic Responses to Terrorism
Radicalization and political violence present some of the most intractable challenges of our time. Through her work with her fellow former heads of state/government in the Club of Madrid, and in her role as Trustee of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Kim Campbell helps drive the most effective and long term solutions for addressing modern terrorism.

Canada 150

Leadership & Education
From serving as the first female student body president of her high school, to becoming the first female prime minister of Canada, Kim Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. After politics, she represented Canada internationally and led organizations such as the World Movement for Democracy, the Council of Women World Leaders, the International Women’s Forum, and the Club of Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government (such as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Mary Robinson). She has also dedicated much of her time and expertise to educating current and future leaders. From her rise as a young leader to an international ‘leader of leaders’, Ms. Campbell brings a unique and matured perspective to current events, politics and international relations, but is also on the cutting edge of leadership training that is preparing our NEXT generation of Canadian leaders to thrive in a world driven by intense competition, rapid technological change, and ever more complex diversification.

Awards

2014
Famous 5 Ottawa | Nation Builder

2013
UBC Alma Mater Society Great Trekker Award

2012
Order of British Columbia
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

2010
Order of Canada | Companion

2009
UBC Alumni Achievement Award of Distinction
Equal Voice, Canada's EVE Award

2008
Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 | Trailblazers & Trendsetters
Churchill Society Award of Excellence

2004
National Geographic Almanac of World History | The 50 Most Important Political Leaders

2002
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

1994
Woman of the Year by Chatelaine Magazine
YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Vancouver

  • I have heard a number of truly inspiring speeches in my life and Kim's speech may well have been the best one I ever heard. Her ability to blend personal anecdotes with statistical information was amazing.

    - Chair - Dress for Success Vancouver
  • Outstanding speaker… She made us think and we remembered her remarks throughout the conference...Thank you for your visions and ideas.

    - Attendees, National Association of State Chief Information Officers
  • Kim Campbell's stature as a global leader never overshadows her connection with an audience, regardless of the size. They always feel like they've been personally engaged and inspired.

    - Dean of UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • One of the most brilliant, engaging and passionate speakers in Canadian political history. She is relevant, understands local, national and global community and speaks to current issues with historical knowledge.

    - Association of Women in Finance PEAK Director 2009
  • Kim Campbell has a remarkable gift of clarity. She speaks with knowledge, passion and honesty on a wide array of complex issues—from global warming to international affairs—while keeping the very human impact of these larger themes front and center.

    - President & CEO, Chicago Public Library Foundation
  • Kim Campbell was awesome! She wowed everyone that she met including 1400 luncheon guest and 150 girls following the luncheon. She really was fantastic.

    - Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis
  • Ms. Campbell’s talk to the students and women leaders was exceptional. She hit all of the important points and the students were engaged and interested, and the adults in the room were all commenting about how wonderful her presentation was. She had obviously lived the topic and her comments and stories will resonate with us all for a very long time.

    - Executive Director & Private Secretary, Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Summary Profile

The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell rose to international fame as Canada’s first female Prime Minister and one of the youngest Prime Ministers worldwide. Since her time as leader, she has traveled to represent Canada and strengthen democracy, security, and women’s leadership around the world. From her rise as a young leader to an international advocate for democracy, and a ‘leader of leaders’, Ms. Campbell brings a unique and matured perspective on leadership, current events, politics, and international relations. Campbell’s Canadian contributions include serving at all three levels of government before becoming the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios. In fact, she was the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Her varied influential roles have included working as Consul-General in Los Angeles and chairing the World Movement for Democracy. Campbell’s initiative led to her become a founding member and later, the Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government (such as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Mary Robinson) whose main purpose is to strengthen democracy in the world. In the spring of 2014 she was appointed the founding principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta, which draws on her background as a leader as well as an academic. She has taught at UBC and Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and has worked internationally on the issue of “Democratic Responses to Terrorism” both in her work with the Club of Madrid and in her current role as a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London. Ms. Campbell has served as chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of women who hold or have held the office of president or prime minister. She also served as president of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement. In 2014 she was the first visionary confirmed for A Bold Vision, a national visioning conference for Canadian women. 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 leadership, governance, and democratization.