As Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable John Baird demonstrated his leadership on the world stage by championing freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Holding the position in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2011 to 2015, Baird has also served as President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure at the federal level.
An instrumental figure in bilateral trade and investment relationships, Baird played a leading role in the Canada-China dialogue and worked to build ties with ASEAN countries. In addition, Baird worked closely with international leaders to strengthen security and economic ties with the United States and Middle Eastern countries.
Baird spent three terms as a Member of Parliament, and four years as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also served as the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Prior to entering federal politics, 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.
Currently, Baird serves as a senior advisor with Bennett Jones LLP, a premier Canadian law firm. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp. and the corporate boards of Canadian Pacific, Canfor Corporation (as chair), Osisko Gold Royalties, the FWD Group, and PineBridge Investments. He also serves as a senior advisor at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy.
Baird also volunteers with Community Living Ontario, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities; Prince’s Trust Canada, the charitable office of His Majesty The King; and as a board member of the Friends of Israel Initiative.