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Chief trade promoter embodies work-life, public-private balance

By Emily Haws      

Ailish Campbell, Canada's chief trade commissioner, is known as one of the most influential public servants. The Hill Times sat down with her to talk trade, work-life balance, and the importance of experiencing both the public and private sectors.

Ailish Campbell, Canada's chief trade commissioner, says having a successful career and a family can be difficult, calling it an "eight-ring circus." Her approachable nature and work ethic are just two of the reasons she is influential, say political insiders.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Ailish Campbell’s eight-year-old son tells his friends his mom sells bread and airplanes. And he’s not totally wrong—wheat and aircraft are two of Canada’s largest exports. As Canada's chief trade commissioner, Ms. Campbell travels about one week per month promoting Canadian business, helping Canadian exporters, and attracting foreign investment. “I’m like, 'okay cool, on some level he’s absorbing it,'” she said with a laugh. “You know, wheat and airplanes and everything in between.” Ms. Campbell has a successful

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