Posted on Jan 31, 2023
Chief Kim Baird is Chancellor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012 and was the first woman in BC history, who was not an MLA, to address the BC Legislature on October 15, 2007 when the BC Treaty Legislation process was initiated. She is seen here with Melinda and Laura Cassidy at the Simon Fraser University convocation when Kim received her honourary PhD.
Chief Baird has worked hard to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people through skilled negotiations and First Nation policy, governance, and economic development, as well as First Nation consultation, communication, and engagement issues. She initiated the development of the Tsawwassen Mills project estimated to be a $780 million project. s a BC Hydro board member, she consults in the LNG sector in energy development for BC. She has served on the Vancouver Board of Trade, Economic Prosperity Management Board, and Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship Foundation, and in reconciliation planning for companies and other organizations. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including Order of British Columbia, Inspire Award, SFU Honourary Doctorate Law Degree, Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal, and K U Distinguished Alumni Award and Member of the Order of Canada. 
 Chief Baird is thanked by Richard Shantz and President Guillermo Bustos