Chief Information Officer
Martin Bernier was named chief information officer (CIO) of the University of Ottawa in April 2018.
He has more than 25 years in the fields of information technology and organizational transformation, having worked in the North American and European public and private sectors. Before joining us, Martin performed similar executive functions at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Capital Commission and Brookfield Renewable Partners. He has also held executive advisory positions in the health sector.
As CIO, Martin shapes the University’s technological direction, while overseeing IT initiatives and digital information security. A strong advocate of change management, he believes in taking calculated risks to yield high-impact results and seize opportunities.
Martin draws on his innovative, collaborative approach to deliver organizational efficiencies. He’s committed to stakeholder engagement and leads uOttawa’s Information Governance initiative, which formalizes input from the University community and allows for collaborative decision-making on IT priorities and strategies.
In 2020, Martin appointed the first CIO student engagement coordinator, drawing on the amazing talent from uOttawa’s CO-OP program.
In 2021, Martin established student and professor advisory groups. The groups allow Information Technology to hear first hand from students and professors about their user experience and gather constructive ideas on improving it.
Martin prioritizes diversity and inclusion. He’s the founding male ally for uOttawa Women in Innovation (2018) and a founding champion for Better and Stronger Allies Together (2020). Most recently, he sponsored the development of an allyship pilot training program with the Government of Canada.
In December 2020, Martin was awarded the uOttawa “Coupe des champions” for his work in promoting employee well-being, including his leadership in bringing the University community together for a monthly fitness event.
Martin is active in his community. He holds board and committee memberships with the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. He is also a member of the Developing Professionalism in Informatics Advisory Council.
Martin holds an MBA in IT management from Université Laval, a bachelor’s in computer science from the Université du Québec à Montréal, a certificate in corporate governance (ASC), and, most recently, a certificate in public sector leadership and governance from the University of Ottawa.