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Dr. Ailish Campbell was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the European Union in October 2020. In this role she leads diplomatic representation to the EU and strategic engagement of Canada’s second largest trade and investment partner.
Ailish joined Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2002 as a trade negotiator in the WTO Doha Round. During her time as a federal public servant, she has held successively senior executive roles in economic, finance and international policy including at the Privy Council Office and Industry Canada. In the private sector, Ailish was Vice President, International and Fiscal Policy, at the Business Council of Canada from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, she returned to public service and became General Director, Economic Development and Corporate Finance, at Finance Canada, where she led the development of the federal budget on innovation policy, clean technology, and defence. From 2017 – 2020 she served as Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister, leading Global Affairs Canada’s team of Trade Commissioners in over 150 locations worldwide. Under her leadership, the Trade Commissioner Service expanded its services to high growth companies and established a range of new digital services to small business to promote the use of Canada’s global network of free trade agreements. In this role, Ailish was also responsible for financial Crown corporation governance, including Export Development Canada.
Ailish has served on not-for-profit boards, including the Banff Forum where she remains on the global advisory board. She holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, an M.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hons) from Queen's University, Canada. She has been designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2020 she earned her ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Ailish is a Fellow of the 2021 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.