Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Maxime Bernier

The Honourable Maxime Bernier


Beauce, Québec

Maxime Bernier was born on January 18, 1963, in St-Georges
-de-Beauce, Quebec, to Doris and Gilles Bernier. He has two sisters, Brigitte and Caroline, and one brother, Gilles Bernier, Jr.

An avid sportsman, Maxime Bernier played football in his teens and was a member of the Condors, the team of the Séminaire St-Georges, when they won the Bol d’Or at the Olympic Stadium in 1980. He has participated in several marathons and runs daily to keep fit.

In 1985, Maxime Bernier obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Université du Québec in Montréal, then began to study law at the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1990.

Following a long-standing interest in business, Maxime Bernier’s professional career has taken him from positions in several financial and banking institutions, including the National Bank, the Securities Commission of Québec, and Standard Life of Canada, Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Economic Institute.

Many people of Beauce began to encourage him to take the plunge into politics meeting with Stephen Harper in the summer of 2005, Maxime Bernier agreed to take on this challenge and was elected Member of Parliament for Beauce on January 23, 2006, with the largest majority outside of Alberta. He was appointed to Cabinet on February 6, 2006, as minister of Industry. After he succeeded in deregulating major portions of the telecommunications sector, the chair of the Political Science department at McGill University, Professor Richard J. Schultz, wrote that “In terms of what is perhaps the single most important component of his Industry portfolio, telecommunications, he was without challenge the best Industry Minister in thirty years.”

He became Minister of Foreign Affairs on August 14, 2007. Mr. Bernier resigned from his Minister’s position, on May 26, 2008.

He has been reelected as Member of Parliament for Beauce, on October 14, 2008 with the largest majority in Quebec for the second time.

Maxime Bernier has two young daughters, Charlotte and Megan.

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