The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada
The Right Honourable 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, and Minister of National Defense and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs.
Campbell was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defense portfolios, and the first woman to be Defense Minister of a NATO country. She participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit, and the United Nations General Assembly.
Throughout her political career, Campbell was deeply engaged in international issues including law reform and criminal justice, international trade (her signature appears on the NAFTA side agreements) and security (both as Minister of Defense and Prime Minister; as Justice Minister she served on the War Cabinet during the First Gulf War.)
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).
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.
In 1995, to honor her public service, Campbell was granted a personal coat of arms by the Queen. In the center of the crest is the international symbol of the woman with balanced scales of justice attached. Thus did Campbell put her commitment to justice and equality for women at the center of the symbol of her life and career. She continues to live by her motto: “Seek wisdom, conquer fear, do justice.”