With Drs. Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera and Moderator The Right Honorable Kim Campbell
Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera share personal stories and lessons learned while serving as the first women presidents of 2 major Canadian universities.
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Moderated by the Right Hon. Kim Campbell, Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera will draw upon their experiences as the first women to serve as presidents of two major Canadian universities. Having led in both the academy and corporate boardroom, they will share personal stories and lessons learned while leading. Known for their captivating dialogue, Piper and Samarasekera combine humorous details with authentic revelations.
Piper and Samarasekera are the authors of Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First.
Martha Piper served as the first woman president of the University of British Columbia and has been a director of the Bank of Montreal, Shoppers Drug Mart, and TransAlta Corporation. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Lorain, Ohio and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the co-author of Nerve: Lessons in Leadership From Two Women Who Went First.
Indira Samarasekera served as the first woman president of the University of Alberta and is a director of Magna International, TC Energy, Intact Financial Corporation and Stelco and has served as a director of the Bank of Nova Scotia. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the co-author of Nerve: Lessons in Leadership From Two Women Who Went First.
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell (Moderator) 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 Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be Defence Minister of a NATO country. Ms. Campbell participated in major international meetings including the Commonwealth, NATO, the G-7 Summit, and the United Nations General Assembly.
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 is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratic values. She served as Secretary General (2004-2006). She also served as its Acting President in 2002, its Vice President in 2003-2004, and served on its Board of Directors from 2007-2011. She served as chair of the steering committee for the World Movement for Democracy from 2008-2015. She is a member and chair emerita of the Council of Women World Leaders (1999-2003). The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of women of significant and diverse achievement, served as its president (2003-2005), and was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2008.
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.
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