Ontario's New Government: A Conversation with John Baird

Monday, July 23, 2018
8:00 AM
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Keynote Speaker:Honourable John Baird P.C.
Senior Advisor
Bennett Jones LLP
Former Senior Cabinet Minister
Government of Canada
Schedule:Registration and Breakfast:  8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Program:   8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
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John R. Baird

Hon. John R. Baird, P.C.

In late June 2018, Doug Ford assumed the office of Premier in Ontario. His election made headlines across the country, marking a significant policy shift from the last 13 years.

As Canada’s most populous province, policy changes in Queen's Park stand to have a real and tangible impact on businesses across the country, including here in British Columbia.

Join us as we gain insights into the priorities of Ontario's newly formed government from the Honourable John Baird, a former Ontario MPP and federal cabinet minister, and a member of Premier Ford's transition team.

About the speaker:

John Baird is a Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP 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.

In addition to his work with Bennett Jones, 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.

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