John Baird

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, Canada

John Baird was first elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2011. In February 2006, Mr. Baird was sworn in as President of the Treasury Board, and he has held cabinet positions as; Minister of the Environment (2007, 2011), Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (2008), Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (2010), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011). Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird was a member of Ontario's provincial legislature from 1995 to 2005. During that time, he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Energy, Francophone Affairs, Children and Youth Services, and as Government House Leader. In 2008, Mr. Baird was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Maclean's Magazine and the Historica-Dominion Institute named him 2010 Parliamentarian of the Year, after a vote by his colleagues in all parties in the House of Commons. Mr. Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts in political studies from Queen's University.