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Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a veteran business journalist, author and policy entrepreneur. She most recently ran as a candidate representing the Toronto riding of Don Valley West in the Oct 6, 2011 Ontario provincial elections. Before that Andrea was a television anchor on CTV’s Business News Network. She hosted SqueezePlay, a primetime current affairs show which focused on business, politics and government policy.

Before joining BNN, Andrea was a long-time print journalist and authored the highly acclaimed book, Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson: Rescuing Canadian Business from the Suds of Global Obscurity. Nominated for the Writer’s Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and the John Wesley Dafoe Book Prize Why Mexicans Don’t Drink Molson takes a penetrating and unapologetic look at why Canadian companies fail to go global and why they must. One part corporate strategy, one part history, one part public policy and one part recipe for success, Why Mexicans quickly became a popular touchstone for both government and industry looking for answers on how to confront the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities offered by globalization. As a public speaker, Andrea regularly travels the country to discuss what Canadians need to do to be more competitive from a private and public policy perspective.

In writing Why Mexicans, Andrea drew on her decade-long experience as a foreign correspondent in Latin America. Andrea was the Mexico bureau chief for London’s Financial Times as well as correspondent in Argentina for Business Week magazine. She also wrote from Peru and Chile. 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.

Andrea graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Combined Honours in Journalism and Political Science. She sits on the board of Startup Canada, a new national organization which aims to inspire, foster and celebrate entreprenuership in Canada. Andrea is also and is a founding member of Forgirlsake , a charity dedicated to funding girls’ education. She is a former board member with theCanadian Council for the Americas. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.