Member of Parliament for Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Canada's Parliament.
Bernard was elected in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in 2011. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for La Francophonie in February 2015. In this role he works with Ministers Rob Nicholson and Christian Paradis to enhance the safety, security and prosperity of Canadians and to promote Canada’s shared values of equality, democracy, pluralism and the rule of law internationally. Previously, Bernard was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services in September 2013, where he worked on issues related to federal infrastructure and buildings, procurement of defense equipment, and providing services to Canadians. He is a member of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Development.
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 led strategy, operations and technology engagements on behalf of Canadian and global clients 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 Chair of l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie. He also chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, and 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.
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.