Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a journalist, author and public policy commentator who is passionate about celebrating Canadian entrepreneurship and encouraging public policies that support Canada’s innovative potential.
A former anchor at CTV’s Business News Network, Andrea is also the author of the celebrated book, Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson. Nominated for the Writer’s Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize, Why Mexicans takes a penetrating and unapologetic look at why Canadian companies fail to go global and why they must. As a public speaker, Andrea regularly travels the country to speak with government, companies and industry associations about the challenges and opportunities globalization offers and what Canadians need to do to be more competitive both from a private and public policy perspective.
Her desire to strengthen Canada’s innovative and competitive edge through good public policy prompted her to run as a candidate in the 2011 Ontario provincial election.
A foreign correspondent in Latin America for close to a decade, Andrea was the Mexico bureau chief for London’s Financial Times as well as a correspondent in Argentina for Business Week magazine. In Canada, she worked as a feature writer for the National Post, specializing in global competitiveness issues and has contributed to Maclean’s and The Walrus magazines. In 2006, Andrea won a media fellowship from the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada to travel to China and write about Canada-China business ties for Maclean’s magazine.
In 2008, the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) awarded her an Honorary Certified International Trade Professional designation (CITP). She is the co-founder of Forgirlsake, a charity which funds grassroots projects in support of girls’ education around the world. Andrea was also a board member with the Canadian Council for the Americas from 2008-2011.
She lives in Toronto, ON with her husband, daughter Isabella, and son, Adrian.