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Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell

Leadership - 19th Prime Minister of Canada, Founding Member & Former Secretary General of the Club of Madrid

The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell rose to fame as Canada’s first female prime minister and one of the world’s youngest leaders of a nation. Following her tenure as the nation’s leader, she traveled internationally to represent Canada and strengthen democracy and women’s leadership around the world. From her service as an international ‘leader of leaders’ to an educator of tomorrow’s change makers, Ms. Campbell brings a unique perspective on leadership, diversity, current events, politics and international relations.

New York City, New York, USA


Can Leadership Be Taught?
As Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Campbell created an interdisciplinary program to cultivate the next generation of leaders who are facing a world driven by intense competition, rapid technological change, and unprecedented leadership challenges. 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 how to develop creative, flexible, and innovative leaders.

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. Attendees will be inspired by her unique experience in the political arena. She explores both sides of her experience: the price she paid & the rewards she reaped for sticking to her principles, her vision, and her achievements. Her determination and wit helped her battle stereotypes & change perceptions of what’s possible. Both men and women will be inspired by her insights on leadership.

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.

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.

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Panelist/In Conversation
After breaking barriers in her rise to become Canada’s first female Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell remains a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. She’s smart; she’s quick; she’s funny. And she’s the only female Prime Minister we’ve ever had. Enjoy a conversation on what Kim Campbell has to say about the importance of women’s voices on issues ranging from Politics, Leadership, Human Rights and more.


Vancouver Metro YWCA Icon Award
Doctor of Civil Laws, honoris causa, Acadia University
UBC's Peter Allard School of Law Alumni Assoc. Lifetime Achievement Award
Global Woman of Vision Lifetime Achievement Award

Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Lifetime Achievement Award

Famous 5 Ottawa | Nation Builder
Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, declares September 22, 2014 as "Kim Campbell Day"

UBC Alma Mater Society Great Trekker Award

Order of British Columbia
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Order of Canada | Companion

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

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

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

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

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

  • Kim was phenomenal! She really exceeded our expectations for an inspiring speaker. All our guests enjoyed her talk and felt motivated from her responses. The Q&A was very popular, with many women wanting to get their questions answered. During the poster signing, Kim was very personable and kindly took photos with guests. She also stayed for the lunch, and we could not have been happier that she did.

    - Fund Development & Communications Manager, Bridges for Women Society
  • 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 knows the power of effective leadership. Her presentations dive deep into timely business challenges to show leaders actionable techniques to better navigate them based on the latest research. Ms. Campbell brings a wealth of experience as an academic and a leader to help audiences foster creativity, innovation, and flexibility in leadership.

Ms. Campbell served at all three levels of government and rose to international fame as Canada’s first female Prime Minister and one of the youngest world leaders. During her time as the leader of a nation, she helped to strengthen democracy, security, and women’s leadership globally.

Following her tenure as leader, she applied her academic and leadership skills to design and launch of a ground-breaking leadership program at the University of Alberta. She has taught at UBC and the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London.

Campbell’s Canadian contributions include being 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. Ms. 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.

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.

Ms. Campbell’s corporate director experience includes the high tech, biotech, and medical devices industries, and she sits on the board of Athenex Inc., a biopharmaceutical company that trades under the ticker symbol “ATNX”.

In 2016, Campbell was appointed Chairperson the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, a role that she reprised the following year.