Canadian Women Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many Canadian women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Canadian female leaders such as Michaëlle Jean, Agnes Macphail, Rona Ambrose, Kim Campbell, Candice Bergen.

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 1 Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland
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Famous As: Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: August 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Known as the Minister of Everything, Christina Freeland is Canada’s 10th deputy prime minister. She is also Canada’s finance minister and the first woman to hold the office. She has previously worked with the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, and The Globe and Mail. She has also authored a bestselling book. 

 2 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian politician and Progressive Conservative leader Kim Campbell made headlines when she became the first woman to serve as the prime minister of Canada and remains the only woman to have achieved the feat. After quitting her doctoral studies, she studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar.

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 3 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 4 Rona Ambrose

Rona Ambrose
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Famous As: Former Member of the Canadian House of Commons
Birthdate: March 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Valleyview, Alberta, Canada

 5 Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean
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Famous As: Former Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: September 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince

Michaëlle Jean is a Canadian stateswoman who became the first black person and Haitian Canadian to serve as Governor General of Canada, a position which she held from 2005 to 2010. In 2015, Jean became the first woman to serve as the secretary-general of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, a position which she held until the end of 2018.

 6 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford

 7 Christy Clark

Christy Clark
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Famous As: Politician, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnaby
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 8 Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Kathleen Wynne is a Canadian politician who took office as the 25th premier of Ontario in February 2013 and served for a term of five years. She is the first female premier of Ontario. During her tenure, she implemented reforms to increase the minimum wages and bring down the unemployment rate. She is openly lesbian. 

 9 Adrienne Clarkson

Adrienne Clarkson
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Famous As: 26th Governor General of Canada
Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 10 Belinda Stronach

Belinda Stronach
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Famous As: Politician, Businesswoman, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newmarket

 11 Agnes Macphail

Agnes Macphail
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Famous As: Canadian Politician
Birthdate: March 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Proton Township, Grey County, Ontario
Died: February 13, 1954

 12 Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights activist, Feminist
Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatsworth, Ontario
Died: September 1, 1951

Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.

 13 Hazel McCallion

Hazel McCallion
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Famous As: Ice hockey player, Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quebec

 14 Lisa Raitt

Lisa Raitt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

 15 Olivia Chow

Olivia Chow
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 16 Kirsty Duncan

Kirsty Duncan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Etobicoke

 17 Carolyn Bennett

Carolyn Bennett
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Famous As: Politician, Physician
Birthdate: December 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

The current Canadian Minister of Crown–Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett is also a qualified physician and has been a public health minister earlier. The Liberal Party of Canada member has also taught medicine at the University of Toronto and been part of several medical boards.

 18 Bonnie Crombie

Bonnie Crombie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 19 Jeanne Sauvé

Jeanne Sauvé
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prud’homme, Canada
Died: January 26, 1993

 20 Pauline Marois

Pauline Marois
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quebec City

 21 Alison Redford

Alison Redford
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kitimat, British Columbia

 22 Niki Ashton

Niki Ashton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thompson

 23 Sheila Copps

Sheila Copps
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Autobiographer, Writer
Birthdate: November 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton

 24 Vivian Barbot

Vivian Barbot
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Famous As: Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haiti

 25 Hedy Fry

Hedy Fry
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Fernando

 26 Ruby Dhalla

Ruby Dhalla
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg

 27 Joyce Murray

Joyce Murray
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Schweizer-Reneke

 28 Anne McLellan

Anne McLellan
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: August 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hants County

 29 Leona Aglukkaq

Leona Aglukkaq
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Inuvik

 30 Jenny Kwan

Jenny Kwan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 31 Megan Leslie

Megan Leslie
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Famous As: Politician, Human rights activist
Birthdate: September 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto

Apart from being the CEO and president of World Wildlife Fund Canada, Megan Leslie has also served as an MP for Halifax. She worked toward enlisting plastic microbeads on the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act of Canada. She is also a qualified lawyer.

 32 Yasmin Ratansi

Yasmin Ratansi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam

 33 Judy Foote

Judy Foote
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Bank

 34 Alice Wong

Alice Wong
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 35 Alexa McDonough

Alexa McDonough
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa

 36 Diane Finley

Diane Finley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamilton

 37 Deborah Grey

Deborah Grey
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Famous As: Politician, Autobiographer
Birthdate: July 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver

 38 Nancy Greene Raine

Nancy Greene Raine
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Famous As: Senator
Birthdate: May 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

 39 Peggy Nash

Peggy Nash
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Famous As: Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: June 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto

 40 Sylvia Fedoruk

Sylvia Fedoruk
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Famous As: Physicist, Politician
Birthdate: May 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: September 26, 2012

 41 Catherine McKenna

Catherine McKenna
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada