In memoriam: Paul Bernard

February 09, 2011
Paul Bernard

Paul Bernard, member of SRDC’s board of directors since 2002, passed away on
February 6. 
A PhD graduate in sociology from Harvard University, Paul Bernard was a professor of sociology at the Université de Montréal. His research and teaching focused on social inequality and the study of the life course, as well as epistemology and methods. His recent work, in Canada and abroad, involved job quality, social cohesion, social capital, welfare regimes, social inequalities of health, indicators of social development, life course and social investment, flexicurity, and poverty in single-parent families.

Paul Bernard contributed to many different organizations, including the National Statistics Council and the Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion sociale, which provides advice on social policy development to the Quebec government. He played a key role in the creation of the national network of Research Data Centres and made notable contributions to the development of social statistics in Canada. 

SRDC’s president, Jean-Pierre Voyer, had the privilege of knowing Paul Bernard and working with him over the last 20 years. “His absence will be greatly felt not only at SRDC, but by those of us who benefited from his enthusiasm, support, and intellectual contributions. Paul had developed a large network of policy makers in Ottawa and Quebec as well as academic colleagues in Canada and Europe. He was also highly regarded by his current and former students. We will miss his ability to gather people from different milieus and disciplines and have them work together effectively. His passing marks a sad day for all of us who enjoyed many friendly and engaging conversations with him on important social issues.”

SRDC’s board of directors and entire staff convey their sincere condolences to Paul Bernard's family.