Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
Place and Date of Birth:
Canada, March 10, 1947.
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). She holds seven Doctorates Honoris Causa and is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and was a Regents´ Lecturer at the University of California Irvine. She continues her long-standing relationship with Harvard University as an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Campbell has served as a member of the board of directors for several publicly traded companies in the hi-tech and biotech industries. She taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from September 2001 to January, 2004. She served as Secretary General of the Club de Madrid from January, 2004 to January 2007. Today she spends most of her time in the US and abroad engaged in issues of governance and leadership. In addition to speaking engagements all over the world, she does consulting work for businesses and NGO’s and is involved in high level organizations that focus on global issues such as climate change, democracy promotion, the advancement of women and non-proliferation.
Campbell served as Member and Chair of the Vancouver School Board from 1980 to 1984 and as Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, Campbell was elected to the Canadian House of Commons.
In January of 1989 Campbell was appointed Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In February of 1990 she was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Then in January of 1993, she was appointed Minister of National Defense and Minister of Veterans´ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defense portfolios and the first woman to be Defense Minister of a NATO country. On June 13th, 1993 she was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and sworn in as Canada’s first female Prime Minister on June 25th, 1993. With the defeat of her government she resigned as Prime Minister on November 4th 1993. During her government 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 the Canadian Consul-General in Los Angeles from 1996-2000 and 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.
Campbell was Acting President of the Club of Madrid from its founding in 2002 to 2003. She then served as Vice President until January of 2004, when she was named Secretary General.
In October of 2005, Ms. Campbell finished her two-year term as the president of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement.
Ms. Campbell is Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev and Chair of the steering committee 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, and of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La, Jolla, California.
Ms. Campbell a member of the International Council of the Asia Society of New York and serves on advisory boards of numerous other international organizations such as the Global Security Institute (GSI), the Middle Powers Initiative (MPI), and the Forum of Federations. She is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations) and is a Senior Fellow of The Gorbachev Foundation of North America.
Her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance was first published in 1996 by Doubleday Canada and is now in its 3rd Edition from the University of Alberta Press.
Ms. Campbell’s official title is the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, and is often followed by P.C., C.C. and Q.C. These denote her membership in the Privy Council of Canada, the Order of Canada and her status as a Queen’s Counsel. In 2008, Campbell was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada, which is Canada's highest civilian honor for lifetime achievement, and may be held by only 165 living individuals at one time.
Campbell speaks widely on issues relating to international politics and conflict resolution, democratization, international trade, gender, leadership, and Canadian/American relations and is represented by the American Program Bureau for speaking engagements. Contact APB for more information. Learn more about Former Prime Minister Campbell’s past achievements and current endeavours at kimcampbell.com and her blog, bitesizechunks.org, where she addresses the pressing issues of the day, including climate change, poverty, and women's rights.