Joe Clark became Prime Minister of Canada after winning the federal general election of 1979. Born in High River, Alberta, he was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and served also as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Secretary of State for External Affairs, President of the Privy Council and Minister of Constitutional Affairs, National Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and Acting Minister of both National Defence and of Justice.
He is President of Joe Clark and Associates Ltd, vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, the Friends of the Inter-American Charter, the Board of Trustees of Pearson College of the Pacific, and advisory boards of Save the Children Canada, SOS.Children’s Villages Canada, and other international and Canadian organizations. Mr. Clark serves on the boards of Triton Logging Inc, GlobeScan Inc, Traugott Construction Management and the Stern Stewart Institute, and was co-founder and Chairman of the underwater forestry company CSRD in Ghana. He is a Professor and member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University.
In 1979, his government formed an extraordinary partnership with Canadian citizens to lead the world in rescuing “boat people” who had been cast adrift to die on the China Sea. As Foreign Minister, he was the founding chairman of the Commonwealth Committee of Foreign Ministers on Southern Africa, which fought apartheid, and led the process by which Canada became a full member of the Organization of American States. As Minister of Constitutional Affairs, he led the negotiation of the Charlottetown Accord, which earned the unanimous agreement of the federal government, all provinces and territories and the four major Aboriginal organizations. He has led international Election Observation teams in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Lebanon, and is active in building agreement about governance among experts in North America, Europe and emerging democracies.
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 was the first recipient of the Vimy Award. He has been awarded honorary degrees by several Canadian and international universities and colleges, was a founding member of the Pacific Council for International Policy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Cyprus, has taught at universities across North America, and is the author of “Canada: A Nation Too Good to Lose”.
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.