Michael Joseph Baker, Public Representative

Mike Baker

Michael (Mike) Baker resides in the Hammonds Plains – Bedford area with his two children (Mallory and Joshua). He has served as Public Representative for the Society on both Council and the Complaints Investigation Committee since 2013, and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. He also served two consecutive terms on the Executive Committee.

Mike attended the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University prior to joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he spent several years in a section entrusted with some of the Force’s most complex and sensitive investigations.

Ultimately transitioning to the Government of Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety and Security, he served as an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), held senior assignments in Management and Operational Support Units, and was responsible for national security investigations in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Counter Intelligence and Government of Canada Security Screening. Further, as the Public Liaison Officer for CSIS in Atlantic Canada, he coordinated Community Outreach Programs allowing for first-hand exposure to leaders and members of the many diverse cultural, émigré and religious communities throughout the province. Solely accountable for some of their most critical relationships, Mike brings an exemplary record to Council of close cooperation and functioning with stakeholders at all levels.

Appointed by Elections Nova Scotia (ENS) to the office of Returning Officer for the Electoral District of Hammonds Plains–Lucasville, Mike is presently responsible for the overall management and integrity of electoral events in that area. Further, he was also appointed a Special Investigator under the Provincial Elections Act by the CEO of ENS – a first for Nova Scotia. A member of the ENS Focus Group responsible for First Nations outreach, Mike is also a Representative / Investigator for the Office of the Provincial Ombudsman.

Fully committed to community service and keenly sensitive to the issues that impact the quality of life of our local communities, he is engaged in matters relating to youth at risk, access to justice and mental health concerns. To further demonstrate his past commitment and current service to the community, Mike has served on the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Foundation Board and the Maritime Film Classification Board, and he was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veterans’ Association – Nova Scotia Division, where he is responsible for Membership, Veterans’ Support and Veterans’ Advocacy.

Rigorous, competent and with a background of more than 35 years in the public service, Mike brings extensive investigative experience, integrity, sound judgment, leadership, reliability and discretion to Council. He looks forward to serving the public interest and his community further by contributing to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society in a positive and productive manner.

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