Chairman and CEO, Baker Group International
Ercel Baker Chairman and CEO, Baker Group International, Adjunct Professor at the China National School of Administration in Beijing and serves as Director of two Canadian companies:
- Once Corporation of Ottawa
- China World Trade Corporation of Calgary
Ercel Baker joined the Privy Council Office of Canada in June 1994, as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Machinery of Government and Senior Personnel).
For one year before joining the Privy Council Office, he served in the dual capacity of Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Between July 1991 and June 1993, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Consulting and Audit Canada, managing the provision of a wide range of consulting and audit services in Canada and internationally.
During this same period until his departure from government in November 1995, Mr. Baker was Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the President of the Treasury Board on Pensions.
His career in the federal public service began in 1959 as a Pension Plan Examiner in the Department of Finance following which he held progressively more responsible positions with program departments and central agencies including: Atlantic Regional Personnel Officer, Department of Supply and Services, Senior Evaluation Officer, Performance Measurement Policy Division; and later Director of the Personnel Management Evaluation Program for the federal public service, Treasury Board Secretariat.
Mr. Baker was Executive Director of the Public Service Commission for eleven years with particular responsibility for the recruitment, development and counseling of executives in the federal public service. Beginning with his tenure with the Public Service Commission, he worked for many years with relevant Ministries and Commissions of the People's Republic of China, advising and assisting in their reform of the civil service. In 1994, he was decorated by China with the Friendship Award and Medal for foreign experts.