A. Charles Baillie, better known throughout the community as Charlie, began his career at Toronto Dominion Bank in 1964, progressed through a number of positions in the Bank and, in 1979, was charged with establishing its USA division. Later, as Executive Vice President, Corporate and Investment Banking Group in Toronto, he was responsible for building TD Securities.
In 1995, he was named President of the Bank and in 1997 became Chief Executive Officer. He added the role of Chairman of the Board in early 1998. Mr. Baillie retired as Chief Executive Officer on December 20, 2002 and as Chairman at the Annual Meeting on April 3, 2003.
During his career with TD, Mr. Baillie oversaw the acquisition of CT Financial Services Inc. in 2000. The acquisition of Canada Trust created Canada’s largest retail bank, TD Canada Trust. Under Mr. Baillie’s stewardship, TD rose from the fifth to the third largest bank in Canada.
Mr. Baillie is the past founding Chair of AIMCo and a former director of Canadian National Railway Company and TELUS Corporation. Mr. Baillie is also a past Director of Texaco Inc., Dana Corp., Ballard Power Systems (lead director), and Cadillac Fairview among others.
In addition, Mr. Baillie is also Chancellor Emeritus of Queen’s University and Past Chair and President of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Board of Trustees and has served as Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. As well, he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of George Weston Limited and is actively involved in a wide variety of not-for-profit boards.
He is Honourary Co-Chair of Queen’s Capital Campaign and earlier chaired the United Way Campaign for Greater Toronto, the Campaign for the Shaw Festival and co-chaired the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Capital Campaign. Mr. Baillie is a past Treasurer, Governor and National Governor of the Shaw Festival, a past Director of the Canadian Opera Company,Soulpepper Theatre, Business for the Arts and the Toronto Board of Trade and a past member of the Executive Committee of the British North American Committee.
Mr. Baillie has received numerous awards for his business and philanthropic achievements and for his contribution to the debate on public policy including International CEO of the Year, Public Relations CEO of the Year, B’Nai BrithAward of Merit, Israel’s Builders of Peace Award, the Visionary Award from the Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills, ARJAY Financial Executive of the Year, the Ontario Library Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the Yves Landry Foundation Award of Excellence, the Edmund C. Bovey Award and most recently, the John Orr Award.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medals. He served on the Steering Committee of CivicAction(formerly Toronto City Summit Alliance), and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of Canada’s National History Society and as a Director of Luminato, Trails Youth Initiatives, Royal Conservatory of Music and President of the International Festival of Authors.
Mr. Baillie graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Toronto and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University, an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College, University of Toronto and an Honorary Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music.