A Look Back at a Legacy
The Honourable Christy Clark led Canada’s third largest province for over six years. Throughout her tenure, Clark demonstrated the strongest performance of any Canadian Premier for economic growth, fiscal management and job creation.
When she left office, British Columbia had been Canada’s economic leader for three years running – the first time that has happened since the 1960s. BC went from 9th in job creation to 1st among provinces. And, after inheriting a deficit of $1.2B, Clark’s government went on to balance 5 consecutive budgets. Her last budget included $52B in revenues and boasted a $2.8B surplus. When she retired, BC was on-track to eliminating its operating debt by 2020 - the first time since 1976. BC was also the only Canadian province with a AAA credit rating.
Clark retired from political life in 2017 as the longest serving female Premier in Canadian history and the only woman in Canada ever to be re-elected.
Today she is a Senior Advisor at the internationally recognized law firm, Bennett Jones LLP. She is the Chair of the Board for Roots of Empathy, an organization that works internationally to teach children empathy and kindness. She also co-chairs the founding advisory board of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, with Dominic Barton and Michael Sabia.
She serves as a Board Director for Shaw Communications Inc., one of Canada’s 4 largest telecommunications companies, and for Recipe Unlimited Corporation, owner of Canada’s most iconic restaurant brands. She is also an Advisor for ThoughtWire Corp., an organization focused on advancing the Canadian tech sector.
She is an Associate Member for the InterAction Council. The Council, founded in 1983 by Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda, brings together former world leaders to focus on the long term structural factors driving the global agenda.
Clark is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards, most notably the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, in recognition of her work in the anti-bullying movement.
In November, 2018 she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She has also been inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame
Clark holds an Honourary Doctorate from Sookmyung University in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 1906, Sookmyung is dedicated to women’s education.