Virtual Event: Women in Politics
Annamie Paul, Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell and Hon. Bardish Chagger, moderated by Stephanie MacKendrick
” Now More Than Ever — Encouraging Young Women into Politics “
Nov 19, 2020
Join Canadian Club Toronto for a conversation featuring The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, The Honorable Bardish Chagger (MP, Waterloo and Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth) and Annamie Paul (Leader, Green Party of Canada), as they discuss how they have and continue to overcome challenges, advocate for women and others underrepresented in government, and pave the way for young, politically minded women to follow their lead. This conversation will be moderated by Stephanie MacKendrick, (Author, “In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians From Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change”).
Annamie Paul, Leader, Green Party of Canada
Annamie Paul was elected leader of Canada’s Green Party in October 2020. She has been engaged with public policy from an early age — at 12 she was a Page in the Ontario Legislature and went on to complete a Masters of Public Affairs at Princeton, a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, and has been called to the Bar in Ontario.
A large part of Annamie’s professional life has been focused in international affairs. She worked abroad as a Director for a leading conflict prevention NGO in Brussels, as an Advisor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and as a Political Officer in Canada’s Mission to the European Union. She co-founded and co-directed BIPP HUB in Barcelona: an innovation hub for international NGOs working on global challenges. She has also served on the Board and advised a number of international NGOs, including the Climate Infrastructure Partnership (CLIP), Higher Education Alliance for Refugees (HEAR) and Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT).
Promoting diversity in Canadian politics is a long-standing commitment for Annamie. She founded and directed the Canadian Centre for Political Leadership (CCPL), a non-partisan charity that trained women and under-represented minorities to run for elected office; many CCPL trainees are now serving their communities in elected roles. Annamie volunteered with Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC), and served on the Steering Committee for Equal Voice Canada, two non-partisan organisations working to diversify our political representation. She has also published articles and policy papers on social inclusion and representation in Canadian politics.
Among other honours, Annamie was selected as an inaugural Action Canada Fellow, is a member of the University of Ottawa Common Law Honour Society and a recipient of the Harry Jerome Award. She speaks English, French, Catalan and Spanish, is married, with two children.
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada’s 19th Prime Minister
Educated as a political scientist and lawyer, Kim Campbell served at all three levels of government and ultimately as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993. She held the cabinet portfolios of Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Canadian Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman Minister
of Defence of a NATO country.
Ms. Campbell served as Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles (1996-2000) and taught at the Harvard Kennedy School (2001-2004). She chaired the Council of Women World Leaders, and was President of the International Women’s Forum. She was Secretary General of the Club of Madrid (2004-2006), an organization of former presidents and prime ministers of which she is a founding member. As Founding Principal, she designed and launched a ground-breaking leadership program at the University of Alberta called the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
Ms. Campbell speaks on a variety of topics through her agencies, the American Program Bureau and the Global Speakers Agency. She is a trustee of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, and sits on the board of Athenex Inc. (ATNX), a biopharmaceutical company. She also serves on several nonprofit boards/advisory committees including Equal Voice, a Canadian organization devoted to achieving gender parity in the Canadian House of Commons.
The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and Member of Parliament, Waterloo
The Honourable Bardish Chagger was elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Waterloo.
Minister Chagger is devoted to inclusion and community building. From assisting with recreational sports for kids to volunteering with seniors, she is committed to strengthening the bonds of the Waterloo community.
In an earlier role with the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre, Minister Chagger worked to foster diversity within the community and provide opportunities for social and economic engagement. As an executive assistant to former Member of Parliament Andrew Telegdi, she gained a deep understanding of the issues of importance to residents of Waterloo, including manufacturing, technology, and innovation.
Passionate about community involvement, Minister Chagger has lent her support to many different causes and organizations, including the Rotary Club of Waterloo, Interfaith Grand River, and the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.
Minister Chagger considers herself part of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms generation, and has participated in policy conferences on many issues, including the advancement of same-sex marriage rights and a national manufacturing strategy.
She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science. In 2012, the Waterloo Region Record recognized Minister Chagger as one of “40 under 40” who would lead the Region of Waterloo into the future.
Author, “In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change” and CEO, Crisis Services Canada
Stephanie MacKendrick is a former journalist dedicated to women’s career advancement and non-profit leadership and is the CEO of Crisis Services Canada. She served as board Vice-Chair for The Samara Centre for Democracy, engaging Canadians in politics, and played a key role in establishing the Canadian chapter of the 30% Club, which aims to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. Stephanie was President of the board of The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) and co-founded the TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards. She has twice been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, and in 2010 was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London (UK).
Her book, In Good Hands: Remarkable Female Politicians from Around the World Who Showed Up, Spoke Out and Made Change, profiles 19 inspirational women who ran for public office and provides a comprehensive guide for young women interested in following their lead.