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Past prime minister to speak at chamber luncheon

Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell gives talk on leadership at the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 13.

If you’re a member of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, you won’t want to miss the first lunch of the season on Sept. 13.

Former prime minister Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell will be giving a talk on teaching leadership to millennials.

Jennifer McCurdy, CEO and president of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce, says the discussion is right in line with the objectives of the chamber.

“We have a demographic of youth that leave for post secondary,” she says, “and one of our priorities that we’ve identified is, what can we do as business leaders in St. Albert to mentor these young people?”

She says the chamber aims to promote an environment where young people return back to the city once they’re finished their education.

“We want them to start their careers here in St. Albert,” she says.

Campbell served as the 19th prime minister in 1993, and was the first woman to hold the position. She also served as Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000 and taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2001 to 2004.

Since 2014 the former prime minister has been one of the founding principals of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta.

The college focuses on building leaders by instilling skills and values in each individual so they can create positive change in the world. This year will be the first graduating class of the college.

“The college embraces a community-minded approach to leadership studies,” says McCurdy. “And at our chamber we’ve recognized that we have a demographic of well-educated youth in our community who we want to mentor.”

She says the chamber is brainstorming ways to engage with young people still in high school, to make that connection prior to post secondary.

The Sept. 13 luncheon is the first chamber meeting of the season. McCurdy says it’s already a full house with nearly all tickets sold out.

“We’re really honoured to have the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell come and speak to our business leaders,” she says.

For more information about the chamber visit www.stalbertchamber.com.

Dayla Lahring: Dayla Lahring joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2017. She writes about business, health, general news and features. She also contributes photographs.