Katherine Baird is Canada’s Deputy Head of Mission to the United States of America in Washington D.C., nominated in June 2020.
Prior to her nomination, she served as Minister for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Relations at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. (2013-2020). Ms. Baird joined Global Affairs Canada in 2011, as the Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ms. Baird began her public sector career in Ottawa with the Parliamentary Centre of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (1991-1992) and the Parliament of Canada (1992-1993), before joining the federal public service where she held various positions with the Department of National Defence (1993-1995), the Privy Council Office (1995-1998), the Department of Justice (1998-2000), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (2000-2003), the Canada School of Public Service (2003-2006) and the Treasury Board Secretariat (2009-2011). As part of an Executive Interchange (2006-2009), she worked with the Public Policy Forum, an Ottawa-based think tank, as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs.
Ms. Baird has served on a number of Boards, including the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service and the United Nations Association of Canada. She holds a BA in Political Science from Dalhousie University and an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University.