Charles Bernard appointed as CADA’s Lead Economist
August 8, 2022
Charles Bernard has been appointed as the new Lead Economist at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, it was announced last week. Bernard comes to his new position with a strong background in economic policy, including a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Policy Studies with a focus on political economy from the University of Sherbrooke.
Bernard then went on to earn a Master of Arts in the same field, researching the political dynamics of economic integration and the institutional influence of trade agreements on national policy making. In his SSHRC-funded MA dissertation, he examined how the CUSMA agreement impacted the economic interests of Canadian trade and digital economy.
“We are extremely happy to welcome Charles to CADA, where his skills and insight will make him a valuable member of the association,” said Tim Reuss, CADA’s President & CEO.
Bernard’s research in the automotive industry includes the paper “Make America Great Again: A New Auto Pact for the North American Car Industry.” An alumnus of the prestigious Parliamentary Internship Program, Bernard experienced the highest-level public policy training in Canada, which contributed to his strong economic data analysis and research skills. While in the program, he led policy research and briefings for the committee work for two well-known Members of Parliament.
Bernard is bilingual in English and French, and comes to CADA from university teaching roles in economics and policy and has led research projects for a leading Canadian trade association.