As former Chief Executive Officer of the Membertou Band of Nova Scotia and the Membertou Corporate Division and as a negotiator for several First Nations bands, Bernd Christmas brings a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives as well as extensive experience on national and international boards and commissions.
Bernd was the first Mi’kmaw to become a lawyer in Canada.
Bernd was most recently a partner in the law firm of Cassels Brock, specializing in aboriginal law. Prior to joining Cassels Brock, he worked at a large national firm to expand their Indigenous practice before going on to found The Bernd Christmas Law Group, offering advice and assistance to First Nations, industry, and government organizations in various aspects of regulatory matters and policy setting. In 2003, he was appointed by Prime Minister Chrétien to the External Advisory Committee on Smart Regulation. From 2000 to 2002, he was one of three Canadian commissioners to the International Commission for the Conservation of Tuna. He is a former member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board and of the executive committee organizing the Governor General’s Conference on Leadership and Diversity. He has been a director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and of Keltic Petrochemcials Inc. Bernd currently sits on the board of directors of Investors Group and is the chairperson of the Indigenous charity, Outside Looking In.