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Hon. John R. Baird P.C.

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. In 2010, he was selected by Members of Parliament from all parties as
Parliamentarian of the Year. 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, 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.

Mr. Baird also volunteers his time with Community Living Ontario, an organization that
supports individuals with developmental disabilities, the Prince’s Trust Canada, the
charitable office of His Majesty King Charles III, and is a board member of the Friends of
Israel Initiative. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and an Honourary
Doctorate of Law from Queen’s University at Kingston.