Prospective Candidate for Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
Born in Ste. Adèle, Québec, David Bertschi learned from an early age the importance of hard work, perseverance and honesty. It’s the foundation of who he is today and it’s what he would bring to the race for Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. David is not a career politician. He has his life working in the private sector, giving him firsthand experience creating jobs and building strong communities. He has also served as a Crown Prosecutor and prosecutor for the Ontario Human Rights Commission, where he fought relentlessly to safeguard our communities and the values we share.David is a founding partner at Bertschi Orth Smith LLP, a legal practice which now employs close to thirty people in Ottawa-Orléans. He has practiced law since 1985, authored numerous articles and spoken at various high profile conferences throughout Canada and the United States. He was appointed Chair of the International Practice and Substantive Section by the Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel in 2008. Throughout his legal career, David has also taught a series of courses ranging in business and insurance law for Carleton University, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian and Ontario Bar Association, the Carleton County Law Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.After being involved in the Liberal Party for more than thirty years, David won the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for the riding of Ottawa-Orléans in September of 2009. David finished with the fifth highest number of votes out of any Liberal Party candidate in Canada, during the 2011 federal election. David has been actively involved in his community through a number of organizations, including the Citizen Advocacy and the Resource Centre for the Handicapped. He has also supported a number of sports and cultural groups in the community (Cumberland Panthers, Orléans Young Players Theatre Group, Music Alive and Cumberland soccer, hockey and baseball associations).David graduated from Carleton University (BA) in 1980, and from the University of Windsor (LLB) in 1983.David and his wife Debbie reside in Ottawa-Orléans, where they raised their six children.