Patrice Bernier
speakerApple soccer analyst and former Montreal Impact captain

Patrice Bernier, conférencier, est sans aucun doute l’un des plus grand joueurs de soccer canadiens de l’histoire. Déterminé, il carbure aux défis. Comme il le dit : « Il faut performer et faire des sacrifices pour atteindre nos objectifs ». Ses propos vous toucheront et vous inciteront à l’action. En 2024, Patrice Bernier est intronisée au Temple de la renommée du Panthéon des sports du Québec.


Patrice Bernier's lecture:

  • Duration: approximately 60 minutes, adaptable.
  • Conference available in French and English.
  • A preparatory call is planned in order to select and adapt the content of the conference.

Master of his destiny!

Since the age of six, Patrice Bernier, speaker, has dreamed of playing soccer. But since hockey is king in Quebec, he also played and excelled in both sports. As in everything he did, he gave it his all and made it all the way to the Quebec Junior Major League, playing two seasons with the Val d'Or Foreurs.

When the Foreurs decided to trade him, something clicked in his head and he decided to pursue a career in soccer.

Ce fût LA bonne décision de sa vie professionnelle. Tellement que ça l’a amené à jouer dans plusieurs équipes d’Europe. Finalement, après avoir fait ses débuts avec l’Impact de Montréal, il y revient et y finit même sa carrière. De plus, son flegme, sa détermination et son « leadership calme » lui permettent d’en devenir le capitaine. Quelle belle réalisation pour ce jeune de la rive-sud.

In his conference "Maitre de son destiny", Patrice Bernier, speaker, addresses with sincerity, his career path and relates his ups and downs. Work, relentlessness, setbacks, victory and pride are the essential themes that emerge from his 50-minute conference.

After his lecture, Patrice will answer questions generously.

Biography of Patrice Bernier :

Patrice Bernier inherited his passion for soccer from his father, Jean Bernier, a builder of soccer in Quebec. His parents, Gladys and Jean, left Haiti for Quebec in 1971 and Patrice was born in Brossard, a suburb of Montreal, in 1979. As a sportsman, he played ice hockey and soccer with various youth clubs such as AS Brossard and FsC Sélect Rive-Sud in the Quebec Elite Soccer League.

HOCKEY

During his studies, he also played ice hockey like his cousins who became professionals: Maxime Fortunus and Georges Laraque.

He played two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League as a defenceman. In his first season in 1996-97, he finished seventh in scoring for the Val-d'Or Foreurs. The Val-d'Or players participated in the QMJHL playoffs and went through two rounds before being eliminated in the divisional finals by the eventual playoff winners, the Hull Olympiques. He starts the following season with Val-d'Or but after about 40 games, joins the Sherbrooke Faucons who do not qualify for the playoffs. He decided to stop his hockey career after discussions with an agent who told him that his profile was not wanted by National Hockey League teams.

SOCCER

He then moved to the United States to study at Syracuse University in 1999. During his year there, he played soccer with the Syracuse University Orange in the NCAA. He was selected to the All-Rookie team.

The following year, he joined his hometown club, the Montreal Impact in the United Soccer Leagues. He played three seasons at this level before trying his luck in Europe. He had a first try in Sweden with Vasteras SK and then a second try in Norway with Moss FK who offered him a contract. He then played with Norwegian club Tromsø IL before being transferred to German second division side FC Kaiserslautern in the summer of 2007. He left FC Kaiserslautern in 2008 to join FC Nordsjælland, a Danish top division club.

On 19 December 2011, he joined the club of his debut: the Montreal Impact for the team's first season in MLS.

On 13 February 2014, he was named captain of his team. Under his captaincy, the Impact reached the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2015 and the Eastern Association final lost to Toronto FC in 2016. At 38, he played the last game of his career on October 22, 2017 against the New England Revolution in which he scored a goal.

POST-CAREER

A few weeks after his sporting retirement, Patrice Bernier has been announced as assistant coach of the Montreal Impact academy for the U13, U15, U17 and U19 teams, starting in 2018.

In August 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Director of the Montreal Impact, thus beginning a new chapter in his career.

Patrice Bernier was also an analyst for TVA Sports in 2018-2019 and then from 2021 until November 2022, when he joined the RDS team as a soccer analyst during FIFA 2022. In 2023, he joined Apple.

THE HONORS

En 2017, il reçoit la Médaille de l’Assemblée nationale pour sa participation à la campagne vivre-ensemble et pour sa contribution à la société québécoise et est intronisé au Temple de la renommée du soccer québécois. Il y rejoint son père, Jean Bernier (football), qui y était depuis 13 ans dans la catégorie des bâtisseurs. En 2022, il est intronisé au temple de la renommée du soccer canadien, en 2023, il est intronisé au mur de la renommée du CF MONTRÉAL au stade Saputo et en 2024, il est l’une des 8 personnalités intronisées au Temple de la renommée du Panthéon des sports du Québec.

THEMES :

  • Team mobilisation
  • Coaching & leadership
  • Motivation, success and personal development
  • Sports

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS :

  • Wireless headset
  • Small table for notes and water bottles

HIS BOOK :

Conférenciers Québec, Formation, Motivation et Team Building - Formax - Patrice Bernier - Speaker, Soccer analyst for Apple and former Montreal Impact captain

HIS COLUMNS:

Patrice Bernier in conference :

Watch the excerpt of Patrice's conference presented at our VITRINE OF speakerson June 6, 2019 at the Château fontaine vineyard in St-Hyacinthe:

Interviews with Patrice Bernier :

HOW IT IS - Discussion with Patrice Bernier at the time of COVID-19

PepTalk on the road with... Patrice Bernier: Rising above adversity!