Canada’s First and Only Female Prime Minister
The first and only female prime minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Kim Campbell has spent her ground-breaking career shattering barriers for women, cultivating the next generation of leaders, and speaking out on human rights and the impact of climate change. Considered a "leader of leaders," she was elected Secretary General of the venerated Club of Madrid, the largest forum of former democratic presidents and prime ministers. A respected member of a very small club of women former heads of state, Ms. Campbell has led a number of global organizations, including the Council of Women World Leaders and the International Women’s Forum. She is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost thinkers and speakers on gender issues and leadership. A member of Global Leadership for Climate Action, a task force of world leaders, she is a stalwart champion for the environment, making a strong business and economic case for sustainability. Straight-speaking, independent-minded and always thought-provoking, Ms. Campbell combines the stature and knowledge of a former head of state with an inspiring voice for women’s leadership and protecting our planet. Read More >
Why Do We Lead?
Gender & Power
The Leadership Power of Women
Social & Security Dimensions of Climate Change
The Business Case for Women Leaders
Earth's Need for Cooperation Over Scarce Resources
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell knows leadership. She demonstrated it as Canadian Prime Minister and during a respected career in which she was the first woman in many high-level leadership roles. As Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta, Campbell also 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 and latest studies, former Canadian Prime Minister Campbell explores aspects of effective leadership across sectors, and what it takes to develop creative, flexible, and innovative leaders in your organization.
As Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell's life has been a life of firsts. From the age of 16 when she became the first female student body president of her high school, to becoming the 19th Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 46, Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Through her deep and lengthy political career, she has experienced what it takes to make it in a man's world, and is widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers and speakers on gender issues. After leaving politics, Campbell went on to teach at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her course, Gender & Power, combined social science with her own career experiences. Read More >
In virtually all societies, leadership is gendered masculine. This is not because women do not lead, but because the positions that define leadership have been dominated by men. Prime Minister Campbell examines the dynamics of gender relations, particularly as illuminated in recent social science research, to help explain and understand barriers women face in being recognized as leaders. Read Less ^
Climate change has come to be recognized globally as one of the most serious challenges facing our planet. Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell discusses the impact of the physical changes of global warming on human societies. Prime Minister Campbell was invited to address the security implications of climate change at the World Bank’s first internal seminar on the social implications of climate change in 2006. She continues to explore the implications of what she calls "the trifecta of disadvantage" where countries most at-risk from global warming are also among the world's poorest economies and weakest states. Campbell helps explain the effects of climate change on people, and offers insight into the actions that will be necessary in order to save cultures, lifestyles and lives.
Leadership, diversity, culture and the way we do business have all become intertwined. But what can science tell us about who gets to lead? Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell takes a close look at leadership in politics and business as it relates to the building blocks of our respective societies. Across the globe communities embrace different values in terms of legitimacy, loyalty, and social trust – but how have these been shaped and influenced by the level of development in our democratic systems? Known for her global vision and vast experience as a world leader, Campbell probes the question of cultural sensitivity as it applies to certain business and political ties and the factors that play a role in determining who is trusted as a leader.
Prime Minister Campbell is also available to create extended programs in leadership development including presentations and workshops that respond to the needs of specific organizations.
"Kim Campbell co-chaired the Breakthrough Summit on April 13, 2008, at which WFDA was launched. 1.4 billion dollars of new commitments for the advancement of women and girls were announced. Together with Her Excellency Mary Robinson, Kim Campbell co-moderated the leadership dialogue the following day. As a result of her inspired leadership, 158 heads of women, faith, and development organizations committed to a new collaboration. Kim's leadership is wise, assertive, creative, funny, and above all demonstrates an extraordinary talent for developing cross-constituency consensus."
"Kim Campbell is one of the most brilliant, engaging, and passionate speakers in Canadian political history. She is relevant, understands local, national, and global communities, and speaks to current issues with historical knowledge. Our 350 guests left our gala and fundraising dinner having learned, laughed, and listened with joy and ease. We highly recommend Kim as a keynote speaker for conventions to convocations and are grateful for her inspiration and support."
"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. She has been an accessible and gracious guest speaker at the Chicago Public Library on two occasions—delivering the Albert Pick Jr. Lecture on International Relations and the kick-off keynote for Read Green, Live Green, the Library’s ecology focused Summer Reading Program. I highly recommend her!"
"Kim Campbell personifies what I believe makes the best leaders. She creates a sense of the possible, is open, accessible, very smart, has unique ideas, and brings out the best in others. She has held the highest leadership roles in her country and today is on the global stage and in much demand. She has a great sense of humor and a clear vision of the world. She cares deeply about women's leadership and generously reaches out to help and inspire others."
"It was a distinct honor and pleasure to have the Right Honorable Kim Campbell participate in The Leaders Project conference Women as Leaders of Change: New Thinking or Status Quo? Her involvement was vital to the enormous success of the conference. Ms. Campbell's perspective as a thought leader, in particular as chair of the session Through Each Other’s Eyes, was a tremendous contribution for which we are grateful."
"Kim Campbell is one of the most compelling, forceful, and interesting lecturers that has ever spoken to our students at the Bulgarian School of Politics. Her captivating personality, broad political experience, knowledge of international affairs, extraordinary ability to field questions with alacrity, respect for her audience, sincerity, sense of humor, and warmth brought the house down. She is truly a unique guest speaker and a rare person to know."
"It's always an honor to have Former Prime Minister Campbell share her experience and insight with us. Our students as well as our community found her to be not only informative, but incredibly engaging. A young alumna who attended the Conversation event in London proclaimed herself as 'absolutely inspired' by her remarks."
"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."
"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. I highly recommend her!"