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, until 30 years later, as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada at the age of 46, Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. Holding audiences since the age of ten, Ms. Campbell speaks widely on issues related to leadership, international politics, democratization, climate change, gender, and Canadian/American relations all over the world. In recent years, she has addressed audiences in Kiev, Cordoba, Toronto, Prague, Brussels, Vancouver, London, Beijing, and Washington, DC among others. more
Since 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Former Prime Minister Campbell serving as prime minister, two organizations decided to bring her to Ottawa to honor her. First she was featured at the annual dinner of the Parliamentary Interns Programme.
Then, she was the focus of a forum as part of the University of Ottawa's Women's Inspiration Series, which was co-organized by Equal Voice and the University of Ottawa.
Campbell spoke about her experiences breaking through barriers and gave insight as to the social science that explained some of the unique challenges she faced. Additionally, co-moderators, Penny Collenette [Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, UOttawa and Former Director of Nominations, Prime Minister's Office] and Laurin Liu [Member of Parliament] posed questions as well as shared some of their experiences.
Read a description of the event on the CIVIX blog HERE.
Check out Catherine Clark's interview, which not only covers what Ms. Campbell is doing now, but looks back at some of her influences, as well as her prespectives on life and politics.
Beyond Politics with Catherine Clark airs Sunday evenings on CPAC.
UNITED NATIONS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK - SHARED SOCIETIES
Recently Frmr PM Campbell was interviewed by the UN Social Development Network during which she spoke of the Club of Madrid's project on Shared Societies. CLICK HERE to read the full interview.
Former Prime Minister Campbell (along with Former US Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker) was interviewed on PBS's Newshour to reflect on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, the UK's first female prime minister, who just passed away.
Note: Ms. Campbell's interview begins around the 14m30s mark. Watch Remembering Margaret Thatcher: Pioneering Female Politician on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
CAMPBELL MODERATES PANEL AT UNITED NATIONS
PM Campbell recently moderated a panel discussion of the Fifty-First Session of the Commission for Social Development.
The panel focused on the topic of promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment and decent work for all. To learn more about the commission, visit the UNDESA website.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Former PM Campbell was on CTV News' Morning Express this morning talking about the status of women in the world.
A GREAT TREKKER
Former Prime Minister Campbell was honoured to receive the University of British Columbia's Great Trekker award. It's no secret that she is a proud alumna of the university, and maintains her close ties with UBC via membership in UBC Law's Dean's Advisory Council, as well as other activities such as the UBC Alumni Association's "In Conversation" series, for which she has made periodic appearances in Vancouver and in London. She has previously been recognized with a UBC Alumni Award of Distinction in 2009, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2000.
The title of the award refers to UBC's proud history of student activism. The Great Trek took place in 1922, and you can learn more about it by reading the article, "The Great Trek Remembered", as well as watching the video below.
HONORED AT HOME
Right Honourable Kim Campbell was recently invested into the Order of British Columbia by Premier Christy Clark along with eleven other extraordinary British Columbians. Lieutenant Governor Steven Point said of the award, “As our Province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia is our way of acknowledging the outstanding achievements of our citizens."
Ms. Campbell felt so honored to be recognized by her home province, and very much enjoyed the investiture ceremony in the capital city, Victoria, where she was surrounded by family, friends, and longtime supporters.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FORUM - MONGOLIA
Photo: Associated Press
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Former Prime Minister Campbell participated in the International Women's Leadership Forum convened in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by the Mongolian Community of Democracies Presidency and the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The aim of the forum was to develop a common understanding of women's leadership in democratic societies and share best practices with Mongolian women leaders.
The two key themes of the forum were 1) Women, Energy, and Sustainable Economic Development and 2) Expanding Women's Political and Civic Participation.
CLICK HERE to see a transcript of Secretary Clinton's remarks to the forum on July 9, 2012.
Ms. Campbell was happy to see Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj during the forum. Interesting note: the President actually took a class from Frmr PM Campbell when she was teaching at Harvard Kennedy School.
FIVE FORMER PM'S WALK INTO A DINNER
Over one thousand leaders from all sectors of Canadian society gathered to help celebrate the Public Policy Forum's 25th Anniversary at their Annual Testimonial Dinner on May 3rd in Toronto. Ms. Campbell was honored alongside her fellow living former Canadian prime ministers Joe Clark, John Turner, Brian Mulroney, and Paul Martin. (Also honored, but unable to attend was Jean Chretien.)
Visit the Public Policy Forum online to learn more about them and their work.
Ms. Campbell was delighted to be invited back to Real Time with Bill Maher. Topics discussed included the "War on Women", the US economy, and the Trayvon Martin case, as well as Eric Klinenberg's new book, Going Solo.
Her fellow guests were David Stockman, Matthew Continetti, Tavis Smiley, and Eric Klinenberg. Check out the web-exclusive Overtime segment.
(Note, if you are outside the US, you'll need to find it on the HBO website in your country. For instance, Canadians would go to HBO Canada. If it is like the US site, then look in Videos. Search for Real Time. Then look according to date: Apr 13, 2012. Sorry for the inconvenience, we just found out that these links are country-exclusive.)
CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight ventured West to do some shows from Vancouver, and although Ms. Campbell wasn't there at that time, she did tape a segment for them ahead of time. In the video below, she explains how B.C.'s largest city avoided being officially named after a guy called 'Gassy Jack'.
CAMPBELL IN CHICAGO
Recently, Former Prime Minister Campbell was in Chicago to speak at the OECD's Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers. Ms. Campbell spoke on behalf of the Club of Madrid regarding their programs on Women's Political Participation and Leadership as well as their Energy and Climate Change projects. While she was there, local new ABC7 asked her to comment on the recent rescheduling of the upcoming G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David instead. Ms. Campbell recalled when Canada hosted both the G8 and G20 summits and noted the billions it cost just for security.
DIGITAL TECH FOR 21st CENTURY DEMOCRACIES
The Club of Madrid 2011 Annual Conference, Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy brought together reputated speakers, along with Club of Members, including Ms. Campbell, to explore the impact of technologies on democracy.
Learn more about the discussions that took place by visiting the conference website.
Listen to the podcast of the panel Ms. Campbell participated in--“If We Build It, Will They Come: Why Meaningful Citizen Engagement is Hard”. Click on "Wednesday 9 November", then hit the play button beneath the title of the session.
GREENBUILD NEXT 2011
On Wednesday, October 5th, Former Prime Minister Campbell joined Thomas Friedman, Cokie Roberts, and Dr. Paul Farmer for a discussion of "Resilience" during the Opening Celebration of Greenbuild NEXT 2011 in Toronto, ON. It is the world's largest green building conference and celebrates what is NEXT in green building. It is convened each year by the US Green Build Council (USGBC), a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
This year marks the first time it is being held outside of the United States and so Ms. Campbell was proud to welcome them to Canada. Ms. Campbell drew inspiration for resilience by the boat lift that took place on 9/11. It serves as an example of government [US Coast Guard] recognizing a need, putting out a call, and that call being answered by citizens who not only had the resources, but also the will to help meet the need to evacuate half a million people from the piers of lower Manhattan on 9/11.
Watch the Greenbuild Opening Plenary HERE. (Ms. Campbell's panel begins about 1hr15m into the video.)
In September of 2011, experts in governance as well as hip hop star K’Naan came together to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI). To mark the occasion CIGI also convened a conference titled, “Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?” Former Prime Minister Campbell was the lead speaker of the session, “Do Governments Care More About Politics than Policy?” While she was at CIGI for the events, Ms. Campbell took a moment to discuss the differences between the politics and policy development, and the value of think tanks in engaging the public in each sphere in the video below.
On June 2nd, Former [Conservative] Prime Minister Campbell, along with Former [Liberal] Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, and Former Ontario [NDP] Cabinet Minister Frances Lankin were featured in a panel discussion about the slow progress in electing more women to the Canadian House of Commons.
The discussion was organized by Equal Voice and the Women's Legal Action and Education Fund (LEAF) and was held at Massey College. Equal Voice, a national volunteer group dedicated to the election of more women, was created 10 years ago, and has spent the last decade pressuring political leaders to nominate and elect more women. Now Equal Voice’s volunteers, having tried every nice way, want to mark their 10th anniversary by upping the ante. LEAF, long the champion of women’s rights, shares the frustration that discriminatory barriers are preventing Canadian women from being equal partners with men in making the laws and running the country. As Equal Voice advisory board member, Kim Campbell, says, “It is time to stop asking, and start demanding our rights.”
Despite some gains in the last federal election, Canada is falling behind other modern democracies in terms of female representation where it really counts—in the corridors of power. Over the past decade, women’s 52 percent of the population has held only about a fifth of the seats in the House. All Canadians would benefit if the doors were opened to more talented women, making sure female perspectives inform foreign policy, social programs, economic and environmental tradeoffs.
Equal Voice and LEAF recognized that this event was a chance to hear from three women, who broke into the male club of politics, explain why asking politely for parity for women in politics just isn’t working. It was a chance to cross the usual partisan lines, as these three former politicians have done--to explore common bonds, and hopefully create a community of support for changing the face of politics in Canada.
Watch a video of the panel discussion on CPAC’s Video on Demand.
TO THE CONTRARY
Recently Former Prime Minister Campbell was in Washington, DC for meetings and events. She was happy to also make a return appearance on PBS's To the Contrary while she was there. Featured topics of the episode were:
NEXT BEST THING
While she was unable to personally attend, Former Prime Minister Campbell addressed, by video, the Opening of the third Oxford Model Ukraine Conference at St. Antony’s College and New College at the University of Oxford. The conference was held April 6-8, and was sponsored and organized by the alumni of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP), and the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, in cooperation with the Russian and Eurasian Studies Center. Ms. Campbell encountered the work of CUPP through her role as the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kyiv. Watch the video below.
AS SEEN ON TV
Recently, Kim Campbell returned to HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
Her fellow guests were Will Cain, Rep Jack Kingston (R-GA), DL Hughley, and Frmr RNC Chair, Michael Steele. The lively discussion included subjects like Climate Change and Evolution. Happy 200th Episode Real Time!
Check out the web-exclusive OVERTIME SEGEMENT.
(Note, if you are outside the US, you'll need to find it on the HBO website in your country. For instance, Canadians would go to HBO Canada. If it is like the US site, then look in videos. Search for Real Time. Then look according to date: Jan 28, 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience, we just found out that these links are country-exclusive.)
Kim Campbell’s quick wit and candor have delighted audiences all over the world, and if her recent appearance at her alma mater, University of British Columbia, is any indication, she’s in top form. “In Conversation with Kim Campbell” featured the former prime minister sitting down with CBC Journalist and Adjunct Professor Kathryn Gretsinger. Campbell spoke candidly about topics ranging from Women in Politics to the recent WikiLeaks scandal in which more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables were "dumped" into the public domain.
Check out the video below, or listen to the podcast on UBC Alumni Affairs site.