Current research and/or projects
As part of the Water Science and Technology Directorate the Division provides for the laboratory science needs of EC’s water research community, as well as monitoring, enforcement and emergencies programs. The Division’s team of scientific experts provide accredited, legally defensible science to enable sound decision-making and accountability through responsive, cost effective laboratory and technical services that meet international standards of quality. To ensure credible, legally defensible science to enable sound decision-making and accountability while aligning S&T efforts on a national single delivery basis to support and integrated, startegic approach to departmental priorities.
- Integration of laboratory and research support services across our national network
- Provide leadership, direction and support to Centre staff
- Facilitate innovation to meet emerging needs via integration of Chemistry and Toxicology
- Increase customer satisfaction and maintain CAEAL accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025
- Enhance recruitment and training opportunities as part of PS renewal and maintenance of Centre's capacity
- Participated on regulation development teams for the Fisheries Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) regulatory monitoring requirements for pulp and paper mills, mining and municipal effluents and managed several research projects under the Toxic Substances Research Initiative and the Pesticides Science Fund.
Professional activities / interests
Responsable to provide delivery of laboratory science needs of EC research, monitoring, enforcement and emergency programs and to deliver quality management products and services through responsive, cost effective laboratory and technical services that meet international standards of quality.
Accountable for leading the innovative conceptualization of sophosticated and technical complex laboratory and research support services delivered to EC clients and externally.
Manages the provision of scientific and technical advice on environmental issues, including matters affecting enforcement of environmental laws, environmental quality and ecosystem health, in response to regional, national and international policy and regulatory initiatives, related to the Fisheries Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act; Manages technology and aquatic test method development used in environmental legislation and regulations
Participated on regulation development teams for the Fisheries Act and Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)regulatory monitoring requirements for pulp and paper mills, mining and municipal effluents
Managed several research projects under the Toxic Substances Research Initiative and also the Pesticides Science Fund
Education and awards
M.Sc., Analytical Chemistry, Université de Moncton, NB
Citation of Excellence Awards
Brun, G.L., M. Bernier, R. Losier, K. Doe, B. Lee and J.-G. Deveau. 2006. Occurrence of Pharmaceutically Active Compounds in Sewage Treatment Plant Effluents and Receiving Waters of Atlantic Canada. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 25(8):2163-2176.
Denning, A., W. R. Ernst, G. R. Julien, K. G. Doe, A. Cook, M.R. Bernier, P. Jackman and C. Losier. 2004. Surveillance Report EPS-5-AR-04-05 Atlantic Region entitled “An Assessment of Buffer Zone Effectiveness in Reducing Pesticide Runoff from Potato Fields in PEI (2001-2002)”. Environment Canada.
Rutherford, L.A., L. Rankin and M.R. Bernier. 2003. Surveillance Report EPS-5-AR-03-01 Atlantic Region entitled “Mercury Use, Release and Reduction Initiatives at NS Hospitals”. Environment Canada.
Co-Author of several articles published in Environmental Review between Nov. 1992 and 1994: “The Environmental Effects of Endosulfan”; “Determination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Environmental Water by Chromatography Using the Ion Trap Detector”; “Study on Chlorothalonil Metabolites in the Atlantic Region”.
Bernier, M. 1992. M.Sc. (Analytical Chemistry) thesis: "Evaluation of GC-Ion Trap system for the analysis of PAH in aqueous samples.". Université de Moncton.
Co-Author of a coursework publication in analytical chemistry entitled “An Evaluation of High Performance Liquid Chromatography - UV for the Multi-Residue Analysis of Organophosphorous Pesticides in Environmental Water”. Université de Moncton, 1988.
Member of the Board of Directors for the Nova Scotia Environmental Industry Association (NSEIA)
Co-Chair of the Atlantic Regional Health and Safety Committee and OSH representative