Robert Baines is President and CEO of the NATO Association of Canada which is a charitable NGO focused on communicating the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Canadians (www.natoassociation.ca). Robert is a commentator on NATO issues in the Canadian media and regularly participates on panels discussing security and defence. He received a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and History from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in History from York University. Robert is also a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and has received the Canadian Forces Decoration.