Honourable John R. Baird
Mr. Baird of Toronto, Ontario was elected to the Board of the Company in April 2016.
Mr. Baird, a former Senior Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada, was an instrumental figure in bilateral trade and investment relationships, 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, Mr. Baird spent three terms as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, most recently as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011 – 2015). Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird spent ten years in the Ontario Legislature.
Currently, Mr. Baird serves as a Senior Business Advisor with Bennett Jones LLP, a premier Canadian law firm. In addition, Mr. Baird currently sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp., the corporate boards of Canadian Pacific, FWD Group and PineBridge Investments, is 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 received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University at Kingston.
Mr. Baird is a member of the Company’s Environmental Health & Safety Committee, Joint Capital Expenditure Committee and the Company's Corporate Governance Committee.