Premier Gordon Campbell attends Bilderberg 2010 meeting

Numerous Web sites have published a list of delegates attending the Bilderberg 2010 conference in Spain between June 3 and June 6.

It's an annual invitation-only meeting of some of the world's most influential leaders in government, banking, business, and the media.

The Bilderberg conference has attracted the interest of conspiracy theorists, in part because of its secrecy.

The list includes the usual heavyweights, such as Bill Gates, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Richard Holbrooke (President Barack Obama's special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan), Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker, Obama's top economic adviser Lawrence Summers, former U.S. treasury secretary Robert Rubin, and Richard Perle, a U.S. neocon best known as a chief cheerleader of the 2003 attack on Iraq.

The are also a couple of surprising Canadian names on the list: B.C. premier Gordon Campbell and CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge.

"Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference," states a news release on the Bilderberg site. "At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-seven conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity."

Development economist Dambisa Moyo, who is a fierce critic of international aid for Africa, is also among the attendees, along with numerous corporate chiefs.

Here's the full list (with their countries designated on the left):

BEL Davignon, Etienne Vice Chairman, Suez-Tractebel

DEU Ackermann, Josef Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank AG

GBR Agius, Marcus Chairman, Barclays Bank PLC

ESP Alierta, César Chairman and CEO, Telefónica

INT Almunia, Joaquí­n Commissioner, European Commission

USA Altman, Roger C. Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.

USA Arrison, Sonia Author and policy analyst

SWE Bí¤ckstrí¶m, Urban Director General, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

PRT Balsemí£o, Francisco Pinto Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister

ITA Bernabí¨, Franco CEO, Telecom Italia S.p.A.

SWE Bildt, Carl Minister of Foreign Affairs

FIN Blí¥field, Antti Senior Editorial Writer, Helsingin Sanomat

ESP Botí­n, Ana P. Executive Chairman, Banesto

NOR Brandtzí¦g, Svein Richard CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA

AUT Bronner, Oscar Publisher and Editor, Der Standard

TUR í‡akir, Rusen Journalist

CAN Campbell, Gordon Premier of British Columbia

ESP Carvajal Urquijo, Jaime Managing Director, Advent International

FRA Castries, Henri de Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA

ESP Cebrián, Juan Luis CEO, PRISA

ESP Cisneros, Gustavo A. Chairman and CEO, Cisneros Group of Companies

CAN Clark, W. Edmund President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group

USA Collins, Timothy C. Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC

ITA Conti, Fulvio CEO and General Manager, Enel SpA

GRC David, George A. Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.

DNK Eldrup, Anders CEO, DONG Energy

ITA Elkann, John Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.

DEU Enders, Thomas CEO, Airbus SAS

ESP Entrecanales, José M. Chairman, Acciona

DNK Federspiel, Ulrik Vice President Global Affairs, Haldor Topsí¸e A/S

USA Feldstein, Martin S. George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University

USA Ferguson, Niall Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University

AUT Fischer, Heinz Federal President

IRL Gallagher, Paul Attorney General

USA Gates, William H. Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman, Microsoft Corporation

USA Gordon, Philip H. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

USA Graham, Donald E. Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company

INT Gucht, Karel de Commissioner, European Commission

TUR Gí¼rel, Z. Damla Special Adviser to the President on EU Affairs

NLD Halberstadt, Victor Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings

USA Holbrooke, Richard C. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan

NLD Hommen, Jan H.M. Chairman, ING Group

USA Hormats, Robert D. Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs

BEL Huyghebaert, Jan Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group

USA Johnson, James A. Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC

FIN Katainen, Jyrki Minister of Finance

USA Keane, John M. Senior Partner, SCP Partners

GBR Kerr, John Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

USA Kissinger, Henry A. Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

USA Kleinfeld, Klaus Chairman and CEO, Alcoa

TUR Koí§, Mustafa V. Chairman, Koí§ Holding A.?.

USA Kravis, Henry R. Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

USA Kravis, Marie-Josée Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.

INT Kroes, Neelie Commissioner, European Commission

USA Lander, Eric S. President and Director, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

FRA Lauvergeon, Anne Chairman of the Executive Board, AREVA

ESP León Gross, Bernardino Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister

DEU Lí¶scher, Peter Chairman of the Board of Management, Siemens AG

NOR Magnus, Birger Chairman, Storebrand ASA

CAN Mansbridge, Peter Chief Correspondent, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

USA Mathews, Jessica T. President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

CAN McKenna, Frank Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group

GBR Micklethwait, John Editor-in-Chief, The Economist

FRA Montbrial, Thierry de President, French Institute for International Relations

ITA Monti, Mario President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

INT Moyo, Dambisa F. Economist and Author

USA Mundie, Craig J. Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation

NOR Myklebust, Egil Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA

USA Naí­m, Moisés Editor-in-Chief, Foreign Policy

NLD Netherlands, H.M. the Queen of the

ESP Nin Génova, Juan Marí­a President and CEO, La Caixa

DNK Nyrup Rasmussen, Poul Former Prime Minister

GBR Oldham, John National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity

FIN Ollila, Jorma Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc

USA Orszag, Peter R. Director, Office of Management and Budget

TUR í–zilhan, Tuncay Chairman, Anadolu Group

ITA Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe

GRC Papaconstantinou, George Minister of Finance

USA Parker, Sean Managing Partner, Founders Fund

USA Pearl, Frank H. Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC

USA Perle, Richard N. Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

ESP Polanco, Ignacio Chairman, Grupo PRISA

CAN Prichard, J. Robert S. President and CEO, Metrolinx

FRA Ramanantsoa, Bernard Dean, HEC Paris Group

PRT Rangel, Paulo Member, European Parliament

CAN Reisman, Heather M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

SWE Renstrí¶m, Lars President and CEO, Alfa Laval

NLD Rinnooy Kan, Alexander H.G. Chairman, Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER)

ITA Rocca, Gianfelice Chairman, Techint

ESP Rodriguez Inciarte, Matí­as Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander

USA Rose, Charlie Producer, Rose Communications

USA Rubin, Robert E. Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury

TUR Sabanci Diní§er, Suzan Chairman, Akbank

ITA Scaroni, Paolo CEO, Eni S.p.A.

USA Schmidt, Eric CEO and Chairman of the Board, Google

AUT Scholten, Rudolf Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG

DEU Scholz, Olaf Vice Chairman, SPD

INT Sheeran, Josette Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme

INT Solana Madariaga, Javier Former Secretary General, Council of the European Union

ESP Spain, H.M. the Queen of

USA Steinberg, James B. Deputy Secretary of State

INT Stigson, Bjí¶rn President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

USA Summers, Lawrence H. Director, National Economic Council

IRL Sutherland, Peter D. Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

GBR Taylor, J. Martin Chairman, Syngenta International AG

PRT Teixeira dos Santos, Fernando Minister of State and Finance

USA Thiel, Peter A. President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC

GRC Tsoukalis, Loukas President, ELIAMEP

INT Tumpel-Gugerell, Gertrude Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank

USA Varney, Christine A. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust

CHE Vasella, Daniel L. Chairman, Novartis AG

USA Volcker, Paul A. Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board

CHE Voser, Peter CEO, Royal Dutch Shell plc

FIN Wahlroos, Bjí¶rn Chairman, Sampo plc

CHE Waldvogel, Francis A. Chairman, Novartis Venture Fund

SWE Wallenberg, Jacob Chairman, Investor AB

NLD Wellink, Nout President, De Nederlandsche Bank

USA West, F.J. Bing Author

GBR Williams, Shirley Member, House of Lords

USA Wolfensohn, James D. Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC

ESP Zapatero, José Luis Rodrí­guez Prime Minister

DEU Zetsche, Dieter Chairman, Daimler AG

INT Zoellick, Robert B. President, The World Bank Group


GBR Bredow, Vendeline von Business Correspondent, The Economist

GBR Wooldridge, Adrian D. Business Correspondent, The Economist

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Jun 7, 2010 at 6:48am

Will be interesting to see if Mansbridge will report on the goings on.

glen p robbins

Jun 7, 2010 at 8:10am

What the list doesn't include is the fact that Gordon Campbell has been asked to re-create the role of World famous clown Emmett Kelly -- a sort of sentimental statement reflecting the desire of optimal world corporatism --and how easily this can flourish under lapdog leadership like Gordon Campbell's. Mr. Mansbridge must be along to take notes --- big ass floppy shoes -- check; big red rubber nose -- check

A realist

Jun 7, 2010 at 8:52am

So if there is nothing to worry about why is it such a secret? why is there no coverage of this and why is their agenda so secretive.. give it up, the jig is up, we know!!

Jim Van Rassel

Jun 7, 2010 at 9:30am

The council of the New World Order, with Gordon Campbell in attendance? Was screwing over British Columbians an initiation test? or a character and phyc test?
Jim Van Rassel
Coquitlam BC

Jim Van Rassel

Jun 7, 2010 at 10:10am

The council of the New World Order, with Gordon Campbell in attendance? Was screwing over British Columbians an initiation test? or a character and phyc test?
Jim Van Rassel
Coquitlam BC


Jun 7, 2010 at 11:06am

The Georgia Straight should interview Mr. Campbell and confirm if he did indeed go to Bilderberg and if he did what was discussed and why no media is allowed in the conference.

Charlie Smith

Jun 7, 2010 at 11:23am

Thanks Andrew. It is on the Bilderberg site. I didn't find this while writing this over the weekend. I've adjusted the article to reflect your point.


Jun 7, 2010 at 11:48am

Is the attendance of Premier Gordon M. Campbell in any way connected to the provincial carbon tax? Did environmental NGOs strongly recommend that he be invited because of this policy?
Rod Smelser

Ray I

Jun 7, 2010 at 11:51am

Nice to see so many Canadians on the list. Clearly we play an important part in world affairs. Why they chose Campbell is of less importance than the fact that the Premier of BC was invited.