John Baird is a Senior Advisor to various enterprises and a former Senior Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada.
An instrumental figure in bilateral trade and investment relationships, Mr. Baird has played a leading role in the Canada-China dialogue and worked to build ties with ASEAN countries. In addition, Mr. Baird has worked closely with international leaders to strengthen security and economic ties with the United States and Middle Eastern countries.
A native of Ottawa, Baird spent three terms as a Member of Parliament and four years as Foreign Minister. He also served as President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird spent ten years in the Ontario Legislature where he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Energy, and Government House Leader.
Mr. Baird serves as a Senior Business Advisor with Bennett Jones LLP, a premier Canadian law firm. In addition, Mr. Baird sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp., the corporate boards of Canadian Pacific, Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), the FWD Group and PineBridge Investments. He also serves as a Global Strategic Advisor to Hatch Ltd, a Canadian global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy, and is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy.
Mr. Baird also volunteers his time with Community Living Ontario, an organization that
supports individuals with developmental disabilities, the Prince's Charities, the charitable office of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and is a board member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University at Kingston.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- Canadian Society of Safety Engineers Business Leaders Conference Keynote
- Surety Association of Canada Keynote
- Burlington Smart Grid AGM Keynote
- REALpac AGM Keynote
- Spencer Stewart Toronto Keynote
- Spencer Stewart Calgary Keynote
- Western Canadian Roadbuilders Conference Keynote
- Just Energy Retreat Keynote
- Tax Executives Institute AGM Keynote
- PDAC Conference Panel Discussion Participant on Canada’s Place in the World
- Community Living Ontario AGM Keynote
- Western Canada Foreign Direct Investment Conference Keynote
News & Speaking Engagements
Trump to take oxygen out of the room at G20 as Trudeau pursues agenda (July. 7/2017)
John Baird on the Aga Khan in National Post (May. 15/2017)
John Baird on Business in Vancouver Radio on Canada/U.S Relations (Apr. 28/2017)
John Baird at Economic Club: Canada, the U.S and the Next Four Years (Apr. 07/2017)
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