The Right Honourable Joe Clark

Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
The Right Honourable Joe Clark


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The Right Honourable Joe Clark was Canada’s 16th Prime Minister.  At home and abroad, he earned and maintains a reputation for integrity and principle. He is a leader in fighting apartheid and promoting human rights and the architect of significant Canadian initiatives in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. His outstanding career in public service is distinguished by a combination of integrity, commitment, and a fiery passion for the betterment of his nation. 

In 2020, he was appointed by Prime Minister Trudeau's special envoy to persuade foreign governments to support Canada’s bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, to “…continue to strengthen bilateral relationships…,” and in September 2019, Clark represented Canada at the United Nations General Assembly. Clark remains very active in international business and governance as the founder and chairman of a company harvesting underwater timber in Ghana; director of the BDA foundation, which teaches Congolese farmers to harvest and market medicinal plants; and as an active participant in political reforms in developing countries. He has led international election observation teams dealing with difficult elections in Mexico, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, and Lebanon, and is vice-chairman of the not-for-profit Global Leadership Foundation, a small group of former Heads of Government and diplomats who help governments in the developing world face serious crises.