Canadian Women Leaders
Canadian Women Leaders throughout history, there have been many Canadian women leaders who have made a significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female leaders such as Michaëlle Jean, Agnes Macphail, Rona Ambrose, Kim Campbell, Candice Bergen.
15. Alice Wong
Wong immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in 1980. She is a businesswoman and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of British Columbia and worked as the manager of international programs at Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
Alice Wong PC, MP is a Canadian politician of the Conservative Party serving as the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Richmond Centre.
14. Bonnie Crombie
Crombie was born to Polish/Ukrainian-Canadian immigrants Veronica and Ed Stack in Toronto, Ontario, She graduated from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She received her M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 1992.
Bonnie Crombie is a Canadian politician who has served as the 6th and current Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario since December 1, 2014.
13. Christy Clark
Clark was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, the daughter of Mavis Audrey (née Bain) and Jim Clark. Her father was a teacher and a candidate for the legislative assembly,
Christina Joan Clark is a former Canadian politician who served as the 35th Premier of British Columbia, Canada from 2011 to 2017. Clark was sworn in as premier on March 14, 2011, after she won the leadership of the British Columbia Liberal Party in the 2011 leadership election.
12. Adrienne Clarkson
Clarkson is a Chinese Canadian whose ancestry lies with the Hakka and Taishanese people in Guangdong, China. Her paternal grandfather (伍培 Pinyin: Wǔ Péi) immigrated in the late 19th century to Chiltern, Australia.
Adrienne Louise Clarkson ( PC CC CMM COM CD FRSC FRAIC FRCPSC ) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 26th since Canadian Confederation.
11. Elizabeth May
Elizabeth Evans May OC MP is an American-born Canadian politician. May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich Gulf Islands. An environmentalist, author, activist, and lawyer, May served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006.
10. Alison Redford
Redford was born in Kitimat, British Columbia, the daughter of Helen Kay (née Anderson) and Merrill Redford. Her mother was a Scottish immigrant, originally from Glasgow. Redford’s family moved to Nova Scotia and Borneo, and to Calgary by the time Redford was 12.
Alison Merrilla Redford, QC is a Canadian lawyer and former politician. She was the 14th Premier of Alberta, having served in this capacity from October 7, 2011, to March 23, 2014.
9. Candice Bergen
Bergen was born in Morden, Manitoba. She previously worked in the financial planning industry. In 2004, she was the Manitoba campaign manager for Stephen Harper’s leadership bid for the Conservative Party of Canada. She has acted as an advisor to several Members of Parliament and served as a chief organizer for the Conservative Party in Manitoba.
Candice Marie Bergen PC MP is a Canadian federal politician. She was previously Minister of State for Social Development and Member of the Canadian Parliament in the Harper Government.
8. Megan Leslie
Megan Anissa Leslie is a Canadian politician and environmental advocate. She is the president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada. She was previously the federal Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Halifax from the 2008 Canadian federal election until her defeat in 2015.
7. Rachel Notley
Notley was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and was raised outside of the town of Fairview, Alberta, the daughter of Sandra Mary “Sandy” (Wilkinson) and Alberta NDP Leader and MLA Grant Notley. She is the first Alberta Premier to be born in Edmonton
Rachel Anne Notley MLA is a Canadian politician and the 17th Premier of Alberta, a position she has held since 2015. She is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Strathcona and leader of the Alberta New Democratic Party.
6. Lois Mitchell
Mitchell was born in 1939 or 1940 and raised in Vancouver. She attended the University of British Columbia and studied physical education, graduating around 1961. She later worked as a teacher in British Columbia for two years before moving to Calgary. She is the founder of and a senior partner at Rainmaker Global Business Development, a marketing and consulting firm based in Calgary and the president of Amherst Consultants.
Lois Elizabeth Mitchell CM AOE is a Canadian businesswoman and philanthropist who is the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
5. Bardish Chagger
Chagger’s parents immigrated to Waterloo from Punjab, India in the 1970s. Her family is Sikh. Her father, Gurminder “Gogi” Chagger, was active in Liberal Party politics and an admirer of Pierre Trudeau, and Chagger’s first involvement in politics came in the 1993 federal election as a 13-year-old volunteer for Andrew Telegdi’s successful campaign in Waterloo.
She attended the University of Waterloo, with aspirations to become a nurse. Bardish Chagger PC MP is a Canadian politician who is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Waterloo. She is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and the former Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
4. Chrystia Freeland
Christina Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. Her father, Donald Freeland, was a farmer and lawyer and a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and her mother, Halyna (Chomiak) Freeland was also a lawyer who ran for election in Edmonton Strathcona in the 1988 federal election, representing the New Democratic Party
Christina Alexandra “Chrystia” Freeland PC MP is a Canadian writer, journalist, and politician. She was appointed Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2017.
3. Kim Campbell
Campbell was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, the daughter of Phyllis “Lissa” Margaret (née Cook; and George Thomas Campbell, a barrister who had served with The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in Italy.
Avril Phaedra Douglas “Kim” Campbell PC CC OBC QC is a Canadian politician, diplomat, lawyer, and writer who served as the 19th prime minister of Canada from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993. Campbell was the first and, to date, only female prime minister of Canada.
2. Rona Ambrose
Ambrose was born Ronalee Chapchuk in Valleyview, Alberta, as the daughter of Colleen (née Clark) and James Chapchuk. She grew up in both Brazil and Parkland County of Alberta. In addition to English, she also speaks Portuguese and Spanish but is less fluent in French.
Ronalee Chapchuk “Rona” Ambrose PC is a former Canadian politician who was interim leader of the Conservative Party and the Leader of the Opposition between 2015 and 2017.
Michaelle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman and journalist who served as the 27th governor general of Canada from 2005 to 2010. Currently she is the Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, the first woman to hold the position.
She has worked as a journalist, presenter and news anchor for the Canadian public broadcasting corporation for years and is also actively involved in charity works. A highly ambitious and brilliant woman, she has reached the pinnacles of professional success rising from very humble and difficult beginnings. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she immigrated to Canada as one of the thousands of refugees fleeing the dictatorial regime in her own land.