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 over ten Doctorates Honoris Causa, is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics, and was a Regents´ Lecturer at the University of California Irvine.
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.
Campbell has served as a member of the board of directors for several publicly traded companies in the hi-tech and biotech industries. She currently sits on the board of Athenex, a biopharmaceutical company that trades under the ticker symbol “ATNX”.
She taught at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership from September 2001 to January, 2004. She served as Secretary General of the Club de Madrid from January, 2004 to January 2007.
Ms. Campbell’s most notable achievement in recent years has been the design and launch of a ground-breaking leadership program for undergraduates at the University of Alberta called the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She served as its Founding Principal from the spring of 2014 through June of 2018. Today she spends most of her time engaged in issues of governance and leadership, and does speaking engagements all over the world.
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.
Campbell is a member and chair emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership consists of 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, served as its president (2003-2005), and was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.
Campbell is a founding member of the Club of Madrid. She was Acting President from its founding in 2002 to 2003. She then served as Vice President until January of 2004, when she was named Secretary General.
She is a trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London. In 2016, she was appointed Chairperson the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, a role that she reprised in the fall of 2017.
She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations) and the Global Council of the Asia Society of New York. She is on the advisory board of Equal Voice and Apathy is Boring, as well as an honorary patron of Informed Opinions. She is also a senior advisor to the Crisis Group and on the advisory board of the Climate Action Reserve.
The 4th edition of her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance is available on Amazon Kindle.
Ms. Campbell’s official title is the Right Honourable Kim Campbell, and is often followed by P.C., C.C., O.B.C., and Q.C. These denote her membership in the Privy Council of Canada, the Order of Canada, the Order of British Columbia [her home province] 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.
Learn more about Former Prime Minister Campbell at kimcampbell.com and/or follow her on Twitter @AKimCampbell.