Nomination Date: 21/03/2019
Joel Bernard was born and raised in an Acadian community on the east coast of Canada. In 1983, soon after graduation from high school, he made Ontario his new home and studied business administration in Ottawa.
In 1999, he joined the Bernard Lord team and ran a successful campaign in a New Brunswick provincial riding which had been held by the Liberals since 1897. Joel was the first Conservative to hold the riding of Nepisiguit in over 100 years and also held the position of Deputy Speaker for the legislature, Chair of the Committee of the Whole (Legislation) and Chair of the Committee of Supply (Budgets).
In 2003, he was appointed by Premier Bernard Lord to the position of Executive Director for the Chaleur-Restigouche Economic Development Fund. The strategy behind the fund was to help small and medium size businesses expand and diversify. In 2005, at the end of the assignment, Joel returned to Ottawa and became a fixture on Parliament Hill where he held the positions of Director of Parliamentary Affairs and several Senior Policy Advisor Roles for four different ministers.
In the roles of Senior Policy Advisor, Joel was responsible for issues and files related to the RCMP, the CBSA, Industrial Regional Benefits, military procurement, the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Coast Guard, International Development and La Francophonie.
Joel is currently serving as the Parliamentary Affairs Advisor to the Shadow Minister for Public Safety, Border Security and Emergency Preparedness.
He is married to Catherine (Kindom) Bernard and has two beautiful children, Lilianne and Samuel.