Plenary Session One Speaker: Bernard Lord

Bernard Lord

Chief Executive Officer, Medavie

Bernard Lord became Chief Executive Officer of Medavie in September 2016. In his role, he provides strategic leadership to further the company’s vision to transform primary health care.

Bernard brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to Medavie from his various roles spanning more than twenty years in the public and private sectors. Prior to his current role, he spent eight years on the Board of Medavie, served as President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association of Canada, and was Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. He continues to serve as Chair of the Ontario Power Generation.

He has worked with several corporations and non-profit organizations including as Senior Counsel with the law firm McCarthy Tétrault (2007-2008), Special Advisor with the McGill University Health Centre’s Institute for Strategic Innovation and Analysis (2007-2012) and North American Advisor with Alexander Proudfoot (2009-2015).

Bernard became one of Canada’s youngest Premiers in 1999. His majority government was re-elected in 2003 and he served as Premier of New Brunswick until October 2006. He was elected four times as a Member of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly. His leadership and vision were characterized by a balanced approach of pursuing economic success and social progress while ensuring that government lived within its means. He is recognized as a national leader and consensus builder for his work with the Council of Federation and The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.

In 2000, he received the title of Grand Officier de l’Ordre de la Pleiade from the International Association of Francophone Parliamentarians. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from University of New Brunswick, l’Université de Moncton and Saint Thomas University and he is a member of the Order of New Brunswick.

He holds Bachelor of Social Science in Economics and Bachelor of Law LL.B. from l’Université de Moncton. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Law Society in 1993 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He continues to be a member of the NB Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association.

Bernard and wife Diane have been married since 1990 and have two children.

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