Class of 2007
A. Charles Baillie was born in Orillia, Ontario, and began his career at the TD Bank in 1964. He progressed through a number of positions in the Bank, and in 1979 was charged with establishing TD's 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 in 2002, and as Chairman in 2003.
During his career with TD Mr. Baillie oversaw the purchase of US-based Waterhouse Securities, Inc. in 1996, followed by the purchase of additional discount brokerage companies in the US and UK, and its 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.
He also served as Director of Canadian National Railway Company, Dana Corporation, George Weston Limited and Telus Corporation, as well as Chancellor of Queen’s University, President of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Board of Trustees and Honorary Chair of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He was also well known for his active involvement in a wide variety of not-for-profit boards, including as Director of The Nature Conservancy of Canada, where he co-chaired its capital campaign, and as Honorary Chair of The Shaw Festival’s capital campaign.
Mr. Baillie received numerous awards for his business and philanthropic achievements, and for his contribution to the debate on public policy. He served on the Steering Committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, the Advisory Committee of Canada’s National History Society, and as a Director of the Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture & Creativity.
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, and an Honorary Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music.