Ailish Campbell

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Ailish Johnson Campbell
Canadian Ambassador to EU
Assumed office
October 2020
Personal details
Alma materQueen’s University
  • Diplomat
  • Economist

Ailish Johnson Campbell is the incumbent and Canada’s first ever female ambassador to the European Union.[1][2] She was Canada’s trade commission chief and assistant deputy minister for international business development for three years,[3][4] and a former vice-president of the Business Council of Canada (formerly: Canadian Council of Chief Executives).[5][6]

Campbell obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies from the Queen’s University, She received her MSc (Economics) in 1998 from the London School of Economics. In 2002, She got her Dr of Philosophy title from Oxford University, USA on International Relations.[7][8][9]

She is the 2019 recipient of the Startup Canada policy innovation award,[10][11] and was named to World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2014.[6]


  1. "Ailish Campbell named Canada's next EU ambassador, becoming first woman in role". Hill Times. Retrieved 2020-10-21.
  2. "The Diplomats (Vol. 11, Issue 1)" (PDF). Policy Magazine. Retrieved 2022-12-27.
  3. "Biography of Dr. Ailish Campbell". Carleton University.
  4. "Meet the busy lawyers working at Toronto's massive tech conference". Law Times. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  5. "Ailish Campbell Speaking Profile, The Gazebo - Speaker Directory". Eventible. Retrieved 2023-06-05.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Seven Canadians named to World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders program". The Globe and Mail. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-11.
  7. "Participant Bios". Center for Policy Studies.
  8. "Canada and the European Union". Government of Canada. 19 October 2015.
  9. "Conference Speakers Bio" (PDF). Canada-Europe Economic Chamber. Retrieved 2021-03-30.
  10. "STARTUP CANADA AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2019 NATIONAL WINNERS". BetaKit. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  11. "Past Award Winners". IEF Canada.

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