Women & Leadership | Canada’s 19th Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Kim Campbell speaks at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby

Last night at the Ismaili Centre, Burnaby the Right Honourable Kim Campbell shared her thoughts on the role of Women engaging as Leaders in building civil societies. Drawing on her long and distinguished service at all levels of government in Canada in addition to her influential role in academia and global think tanks, she encouraged women to share their expertise, knowledge and wisdom in shaping the complex world we live in. Her advice resonated equally well with men as she shared global trends where more that 75% of household consumer decisions where affected by women –  the message: more opportunities for women leaders in the boardrooms to bring forth pragmatic women-inspired family-centric wisdom.

IC-B Lecture - Canada’s 19th PM Kim Campbell - QnA

In her engaging lecture and the follow-up question and answer session, she shared some of the challenges that she had faced during her tenure as the Prime Minister of Canada, joking about also being the first female Prime Minister of Canada with the shortest term. Speaking of firsts, it is true that Ms. Campbell remains one of the youngest women to have ever assumed the office of Prime Minister in any country. As it stands, Canadians have benefited tremendously from her passion to make Canadian society stronger with her relentless drive to bring about positive change.

IC-B Lecture - Canada’s 19th PM Kim Campbell - audience

During her lecture, she talked about how important it was for both men and women to be engaged as equal partners in strengthening civil society. Drawing on her encounters with Prince Amyn Aga Khan and using the example of Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, currently the Diplomatic Representative of His Highness the Aga Khan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, she commended the Ismaili community for being a community of influence and action as yet another example of hosting the Ismaili Centre Lecture Series.

With this brief summary, Ismailimail concludes today’s special feature on Women & Leadership.

ICLectures - IC-B - Former PM Kim Campbell

About The Right Honourable Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell served as the 19th and first female Prime Minister of Canada in 1993 and currently chairs the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy. Prior to serving as Prime Minister, she was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defense portfolios and the first female Minister of Defense of a NATO country.

Ms. Campbell served as Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000) and taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2001-2004).

From 1999 to 2003, she chaired the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of women who hold or have held the office of president or prime minister. From 2003 until 2005 she served as President of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of prominent achievement, with headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2004, she was included in the list of 50 most important political leaders in history in the Almanac of World History compiled by the National Geographic Society.

She was a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an independent organization whose main purpose is to strengthen democracy in the world. Its membership is by invitation only, and consists of former Heads of State and Government. At different times Campbell has served as its Interim President, Vice President and then from 2004 – 2006, she served as Secretary General of the organization.

Kim Campbell
Currently, Ms. Campbell is the founding principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta.

She also chairs the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy and is a trustee of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London. Ms Campbell is a board member of the Forum of Federations based in Ottawa, the East West Institute, and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations) as well as the Global Council of the Asia Society New York. She is also a senior advisor to the International Crisis Group and an honorary board member of the Climate Action Reserve.

Via The Right Honourable Kim Campbell

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