Bob Bernhardt

The president of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) since 2004, Bob Bernhardt, B.Sc., M.Ed., LLM, PhD, has a broad background encompassing post-secondary education, international education, administrative law and medical education. Dr. Bernhardt’s previous roles in a variety of educational institutions have included faculty, dean, director of planning, director of strategic planning, vice-president and that wonderful title of the 90s, “corporate change leader.” He has also served as director of education for the Law Society of Upper Canada, where he was responsible for Ontario’s bar admission process, continuing legal education and lawyer specialist certification.
Dr. Bernhardt has an academic background spanning science, information systems, education, administrative law and leadership in higher education. He has led the creation of new post-secondary education departments overseas, consulted on teacher education programs in the Middle East, and served as the president of the international Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC). He serves on the Board of Learning for a Sustainable Future, a charity dedicated to promoting sustainability through improved education across Canada.

In his current role at CCNM he is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high-quality naturopathic medical education and clinical care, advancing the conduct and dissemination of groundbreaking research, and promoting the College’s reputation, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Bernhardt believes that future health care must focus on genuine partnerships between the patient and the provider, and he sees this as a key to lowering the ever-rising costs associated with our current model of treating illness.