Member of Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Canada's Parliament.
Bernard was elected in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 2011, by defeating Michael Ignatieff, then the Leader of the Opposition. This feat had not been accomplished in Canadian history since John A. MacDonald lost his seat in the federal election of 1878.
In September 2013, Bernard was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services. In this role he works closely with Minister Diane Finley on issues related to federal infrastructure and buildings, procurement of defense equipment, and providing services to Canadians and their government. He leads the Government members on the Government Operations & Estimates Committee.
Bernard is a member of the Greater Toronto Area Conservative Caucus. He brings his business background to Parliament in support of economic development in the GTA and across Canada. While with global consulting firms IBM Global Services, Capgemini and A.T. Kearney, Bernard worked with Canadian and international companies on strategy, operations and technology assignments. In the last twenty years he has worked with companies in the retail, consumer products, transportation, mining, steel, pulp and paper, chemicals, automotive, aerospace, telecommunications and information technology sectors.
Past industry roles include VP of Customer Service and VP of Supply Chain with OSF Inc., a Toronto-based manufacturer of retail interiors, mainly exporting to the USA, employing 1,500 people. He also worked with Canadian Pacific Ltd, in improving the operations of the various divisions. Early in his career he worked with Infrastructure Systems Ltd, an engineering consulting firm where he specialized in urban transportation planning and design.
Bernard has brought his experience to bear in interparliamentary affairs including being nominated Parliament’s political rapporteur to l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie. He also chairs the Canada-Mexico and the Canada-Bosnia & Herzegovina Parliamentary Friendship Groups, and serves as a member of the Canada-Ukraine and Canada-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Groups, among others, as well as the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet.
He is a graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, London (MBA, 1992), as well as the University of Alberta, Edmonton (B.Sc.Eng., 1988). In addition, he studied at l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (France), l’Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa. He speaks French and English fluently, with working knowledge of Spanish.
He was born and raised in St. Paul, Alberta, a French-speaking community in Northern Alberta. He moved to Ontario in 1990 and has called Toronto home since. He lives in Etobicoke with his wife Susan Schutta and their children Alexandre and Zoë. He is a past President of the Sunnylea Co-operative Nursery School, and has been a coach and volunteer around the community. In his spare time he likes to play tennis and camp in Canada’s great outdoors. He is a long-suffering fan of Toronto’s sports teams including the Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors.