Member of Parliament
Etobicoke – Lakeshore
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.
Bernard is a member of the Greater Toronto Area Conservative Caucus, and serves on the Government Operations & Estimates and Official Languages Committees. He brings his business background to Parliament in support of economic development in the GTA and across Canada.
Bernard has travelled widely in his business career with global enterprises including the consulting firms IBM Global Services, Capgemini and A.T.Kearney. He brings that global experience to bear in interparliamentary affairs including l’Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie, ParlAmericas, Canada-Ukraine, Canada-Poland and Canada-Tibet Parliamentary Friendship Groups, among others.
Before becoming a Parliamentarian, 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.
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.
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 Blue Jays and Raptors.