• Honours B.A. Economics, McMaster University - 1966
  • M.A. Economics, University of Western Ontario - 1967
  • LL.B., Queen's University - 1970
  • Osgoode Hall Bar Admissions 1971-72
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1972

Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983

Mr. Baker has extensive experience in the area of business law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and structuring. He has acted for a number of public and private Canadian and multi-national clients, as general counsel or special counsel for specific projects, for example, the privatization of Terminals 1 and 2 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport; for Vista Cargo Terminals; for Aerospatiale and Alenia with respect to their attempted acquisition of DeHavilland Aircraft; and for The Chippewas of Rama First Nation and Casino Rama Inc. with respect to the development and financing of Casino Rama. He has lead teams of lawyers with a wide range of experience and multi-disciplines to address complex and integrated projects and problems.

Mr. Baker acted as counsel (including as a registered lobbyist) advising with respect to governmental relations including strategic planning, negotiation and compliance issues.


  • Former Chairman, Tax Subsection, Ontario Branch Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of Canadian Bar Association, Ontario, Committee on Taxation
  • Past Committee Member of Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants and Canadian Bar Association, Ontario, Committee on Taxation
  • Member of Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and Ontario; Past President, Beaches Federal Progressive Conservative Riding Association (3 terms)
  • Past Director and Executive Member of The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation
  • International Fiscal Association
  • Member, Kingston Road United Church (former Chairman of the Stewardship Committee)
  • Member, Beaches East York Progressive Conservative Association (Provincial)
Recent Community Activities:
  • Founding donor to Toronto Olympic Bid
  • Established the Rosa Maude Sheardown Awards at McMaster University, and Gordon & Kathryn Baker Awards at Queen’s University Law School
  • Co-established the Anna Jean and Ross Baker Awards at Queens University
  • Albany Club
  • Antique & Classic Boat Society (Toronto)
  • Ashbridge's Bay Yacht Club
  • Balmy Beach Canoe Club
  • Beaver Valley Ski Club
  • Empire Club
  • Lawyer's Club
  • Toronto Club

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