Bennett Jones Welcomes The Honourable John Baird as a Senior Advisor

May 26, 2015, 12:44 ET from Bennett Jones LLP Toronto

TORONTO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Bennett Jones LLP, one of Canada's leading business law firms is pleased to welcome The Honourable John Baird, P.C., Canada's former Minister of Foreign Affairs (May 18, 2011 – February 3, 2015), to the firm as a Senior Advisor.


"Mr. Baird's expertise in government, domestic and international business and natural resources will provide invaluable advisory insight and counsel to our clients," says Hugh MacKinnon Chairman and CEO of Bennett Jones. "Mr. Baird adds significant depth to our  Public Policy & Government Affairs practice including Leo de Bever, David Dodge, Eddie Goldenberg, Alan Gotlieb, Michael Horgan, Mark Jewett, Michael Kergin, Jack Major, Anne McLellan and John Weekes."

A native of Ottawa and a graduate of Queen's University, Mr. Baird has held a variety of portfolios in the Government of Canada, including President of the Treasury Board (2006 - 2007), Minister of the Environment (2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2011), Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (2008 - 2010), Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (2010 - 2011), and Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011 - 2015). Previously he served as a member of the Ontario Legislature (1995 – 2005), which included service in the Government of Ontario as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Energy and Government House Leader.

"Bennett Jones' domestic and global reach across diverse economic sectors and its commitment to being Canada's leading resources focused business law firm, made it a natural fit for me," stated John Baird.  "I look forward to working with Bennett Jones and their clients to provide strategic counsel in relation to their plans in Canada and abroad.  This work will not include making representations to the Government of Canada.  In particular, I am excited to continue my interest in Canada-China relations, the Bennett Jones office in Beijing being a further draw for me to the firm."

About Bennett Jones
Bennett Jones is one of Canada's premier business law firms and home to over 380 lawyers and business advisors in nine offices. With exceptional experience in complex cross-border and international transactions, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.

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