Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, C.C.


Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, author, and corporate director, active in international development and business. He was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and is a former Canadian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, and Acting Minister of National Defence and of Justice. He is vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Friends of the Inter-American Charter. Mr. Clark serves on the boards of Triton Logging Inc, Globe Scan Inc, Stratus Royalty Corporation, Pearson College of the Pacific, the Stern Stewart Institute, on the Supervisory Board of Meridiam Infrastructure Managers S.a.r.l., and on the advisory boards of Save the Children Canada, SOS Children’s Villages Canada, Canada Without Poverty and other Canadian and international organizations. He is an Honorary Witness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, seeking to heal the trauma of abuse of young Aboriginals in residential schools in Canada. He co-founded the underwater forestry company CSRD in Ghana, was founding chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, which co-ordinated the Commonwealth campaign against apartheid, served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Cyprus, and has led international election and governance teams in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. 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 the first recipient of the Vimy Award. Born in High River, Alberta, he has been awarded honorary degrees by several Canadian and international universities and colleges. He is the author of “Canada: A Nation Too Good to Lose” (1994), and, in 2013, the best-selling “How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change”, published in French in 2014 as “Agir de concert: Le Canada dans un monde en mouvement.”. Joe Clark speaks French and English, and 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, Canada.