RT. HON. JOE CLARK
The Right Honourable Joe Clark was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and served in
Parliament for 25 years, retiring in June 2004. He was Prime Minister of Canada in 1979-80, Secretary of State
for External Affairs (Foreign Minister) from 1984-1991, Minister of Constitutional Affairs from 1991-1993, and
Acting Minister of both National Defence and Justice. He served twice as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal
Opposition, and as National Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Mr. Clark is president of Joe Clark and Associates, an international consulting firm based in Canada, Chairman
of Clark Sustainable Resource Developments Ltd, a Canadian resource company operating in Ghana, vice-
Chairman of Stratus Royalty Corporation, and a member of the board of BDA (fondation biotechnologie pour le
developpement durable en afrique). He is also Professor of Practice for Private-Public Sector Partnerships in the
Centre for Developing-Area Studies at McGill University in Montreal.
He is active in international affairs, most recently as co-chair of an initiative to involve the private sector in
education in Haiti, and as co-leader of the NDI Election Observation team in the 2007 presidential election in
Nigeria. In 2006 he led the Carter Center Election Observation team in the first elections in 42 years in the
Democratic Republic of Congo.
Among other organizations, Mr. Clark serves on the board of the Canadian Foundation for Latin America
(FOCAL), the board of trustees of the Pearson College of the Pacific, the advisory committee of Save the
Children Canada, and the International Advisory Board of Governors of the Centre for International Governance
Innovation (CIGI). He is a member of the Global Leadership Foundation, the Inter-American Dialogue, the
Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers of the Americas, and the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor
General of Canada.
In government, Mr. Clark chaired the Canadian Cabinet committees on Foreign and Defence Policy, Security
and Intelligence, the Free Trade Agreement with the USA, and the constitutional renewal process that led to the
Charlottetown Accord. Internationally, he was the first chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign
Ministers on Southern Africa, which led the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, chaired the first-ever
joint meeting of members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and participated actively in eight G-8 (or G-7)
Economic Summits. At his direction, Canada assumed its full role and responsibilities in the Organization of
American States, recognized the Palestinian right to self-determination, and maintained Official Development
Assistance (ODA) contributions at their highest levels in recent Canadian history.
He was a founding board member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and, before returning to active
politics in 1998, served on the boards of international NGOS and Canadian and international companies. He has
been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and American University in Washington, DC,
and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2004. Mr. Clark
served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Cyprus.
He is author of the book “Canada: A Nation Too Good To Lose”.
Mr. Clark is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence and l’Ordre de
la Pleiades, and has been awarded several honourary degrees. He was the first recipient of the Vimy Award. Joe
Clark is married to the Canadian author and lawyer Maureen McTeer, who specializes in law and public policy
respecting health, science, and reproductive technologies. Their home is in Ottawa, Ontario and Brennan’s Hill,