Bernard has a degree in industrial engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal and a MBA from McGill University. Bernard has built up throughout his career solid industrial, corporate development and financial work experiences on both domestic and international markets. He has, in turn, worked at Coca-Cola Limited as a Process Engineer, at Price Waterhouse as Manager of its consulting services, and at the Société générale de financement du Québec (“SGF”) where he founded Devma Industries Inc. as well as was Vice-President and Director of U.S.-based Ligma Corporation. In 1992, he left SGF to found GTI Capital.
Bernard has gained extensive experience on numerous boards of directors of firms in Canada and Europe. In addition, he is a former President and Governor of Réseau Capital, an association representing venture capital funds in Quebec. He acted as the President of the Organizing Committee of Summit Capital 2000, the first global venture capital and private equity conference which was held in Montreal in July 2000. He was also the Chairman of the National Bank of Canada’s High Technology Advisory Committee, a Director of the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and one of the 100 founding members of the National Angels Organization.
Bernard was a visionary and a determined individual. He was creative and always had a few projects on the go. A dedicated and relentless worker, he was passionate for venture capital. With regards to his personal life, his family was very important to him and it gave him much pride. Bernard was also an avid sailor.