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Kim Campbell

Former Prime Minister, Author

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell - Icon for Democracy and Leadership - EP 38

After holding elected office at all three levels of Canadian government, the Right Honourable A. 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, Minister of National Defence and Minister for 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.

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. 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).

Kim Campbell is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, now the largest international forum of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratic values. After serving as Acting President (2002), Secretary General (2004-2006) Vice President and a member of the Board (2007- 2011) she returned to the Board in 2019. Among her involvement in international organizations focused on democracy and security issues, Kim Campbell chaired the Steering Committee for the World Movement for Democracy in Washington, DC from 2008-2015, and is a Trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College, London. Ms. Campbell is a member and Chair Emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership comprises women who hold, or have held, the office of President or Prime Minister. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement, and served as its global president (2003-2005). She was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.

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