Jacques est un spécialiste du capital de risque, un entrepreneur et un investisseur hautement respecté qui a aidé la scène canadienne de l’innovation technologique à prendre forme. Pendant ses 30 années de carrière passées à contribuer au développement du milieu de la haute technologie, il a été un intervenant actif dans plus d’une douzaine de compagnies émergentes de haute technologie en qualité de fondateur/PDG ou d’ange financier; il a aussi été premier vice-président du Fonds de solidarité FTQ. Le jugement dont il fait preuve et sa grande expérience, appréciés de tous, continuent de contribuer à définir, développer et implanter une nouvelle façon d’aborder le capital de risque au Québec et ailleurs.
Mr. Bernier helped shape the Canadian technological innovation scene through a career of contributions to the high tech community. To date he has been involved in more than a dozen emerging high-tech companies in capacities ranging from Founder/CEO to angel investor and strategic advisor.
After graduating from Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at the age of 20, Mr. Bernier began his career with the creation of the Montreal Industrial Innovation Center, the first Innovation Center in Canada. It was followed by tenures as General Manager and co-founder of BGH Planning, a software company specialized in urban planning, as well as Vice-President and co-founder of OMVPE Technologies, a manufacturing company specialized in Gallium Arsenide semiconductors.
From 1987 to 2002, Mr. Bernier was co-founder and President of Téléport de Montréal, a unique telecommunication / real estate / incubator where high-tech infrastructures, products and services in the fields of telecommunications, information technologies and multimedia were combined in a synergetic environment of enterprises. Téléport was sold in 2001 to Bell Canada Enterprise Globemedia.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Bernier was Senior Vice-president Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Industrial Innovations at Solidarity Fund FTQ.
Before joining the Solidarity Fund in June 2004, Mr. Bernier was President of Mégapoint, a holding company, and Executive Chairman of the board of LXSIX Photonics, a start-up specialized in the manufacturing of photonic components, which he helped fund to a level of 11 M$ in 2002.
Mr. Bernier is now the founder and managing partner of Teralys Capital, a technology Fund of Funds.
In addition, Jacques Bernier has lectured around the world on technological innovation, entrepreneurship and high-tech financing.