Patrice Bernier, speaker and assistant-coach of the Montréal Impact
Patrice Bernier, speaker, is undoubtedly one of the greatest Canadian soccer players of all time. He is determined and thrives on challenge. As he once said: “You must constantly perform and make sacrifices in order to reach your goals”. His speech will have a positive impact on you and will motivate you to spur action.
Patrice Bernier’s Keynotes presentations :
- Duration: 60 minutes, adaptable to your needs and preferences
- Keynotes available in English and French
- A preparatory call with the speaker is planned to select and adapt the content of the presentation
MAKING YOUR OWN FATE!
Since he was 6 years old, Patrice Bernier, speaker, dreamed of playing soccer. Because Quebec’s main sport is hockey, he also played hockey and excelled in both sports. Being the passionate person that he is, he worked tirelessly and reached the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he played during two seasons with the Val d’Or Foreurs. When the Foreurs traded him, he changed his mind and decided to pursue his career as a soccer player.
He made the right decision, which led him to play in several professional soccer teams in Europe. Moreover, after making his debut with the Montreal Impact soccer team, he went back to Europe to pursue his career there. Furthermore, his composure, determination, and quiet guidance enabled him to become the team captain. What an accomplishment for this South Shore kid!
In his conference called: ‘‘Making your own fate’’, Patrice Bernier, speaker, openly talks about his professional journey as well as his ups and downs. Work ethics, dedication, setback, victory, and pride are the main themes of his 50-minute conference. After his presentation, Patrice will generously answer the audience’s questions.
Patrice Bernier’s Biography :
Patrice Bernier inherited his passion for soccer from his father, Jean Bernier, which is one of Quebec’s soccer pioneers. His parents, Gladys and Jean, moved from Haiti to Quebec in 1971 and Patrice was born in Brossard, a suburb of Montreal, in 1979. He played ice hockey and soccer in different teams, namely the Brossard AS and the FsC Sélect Rive-Sud in the Quebec Elite Soccer League.
During his studies, he played ice hockey like his cousins: Maxime Fortunus and Georges Laraque, who played on a professional level.
He played defence for two seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. During the first season (1996-1997), he finished seventh among Val d’Or Foreurs top scorers. His hockey team made the QMJHL playoffs and won two rounds. Then, they were eliminated in the Division final, by the Hull Olympiques, which ultimately won the playoffs. He started his second season with Val-d’Or’s team. After forty games, he was traded to the Sherbrooke Faucons hockey team, which did not make the playoffs. At that very moment, he quitted playing hockey as a result of discussions with a Player Agent that told him he didn’t have the profile that NHL teams were looking for.
In 1999, he went to study at Syracuse University. During that year, he played soccer with the NCAA Syracuse University Orange and was selected among the Star Rookie team.
The following year, he joined his hometown professional soccer team, namely: the Montreal Impact within the United Soccer Leagues. He played during three seasons for such team, before moving to Europe to try his luck overseas. He first played for the Sweden Vasteras SK, then for the Norway Moss FK, where he was offered a contract. Thereafter, he played for the Norway Tromsø IL soccer team before being transferred to the German second division (FC Kaiserslautern), in the summer of 2007. Then, he left the FC Kaiserslautern team in 2008 and joined the FC Nordsjælland, which is a Danish first division soccer team.
On December 19, 2011, he came back to his hometown team: the Montreal Impact for the team’s first season in the MLS.
On February 13, 2014, he was appointed captain of the team. Under his captaincy, the Impact reached the CONCACAF Champion League final in 2015 as well as the Eastern Conference final, which they lost against the Toronto FC in 2016. When he turned 38, he played his very last game on October 22, 2017 against the New England Revolution, where he scored a goal.
In 2018, a few weeks after he announced his professional retirement, he took on the job of assistant coach in the Montreal Impact Academy (U13, U15, U17, and U19).
In August 2019, he was promoted to Assistant Manager for the Montreal Impact, and begun a new chapter in his career.
In 2017, he received the National Assembly Medal for participating in the Living Together Campaign and contributing to the Quebec society. Furthermore, he was inducted to the Quebec Soccer Hall of Fame. He joined his father, Jean Bernier (football) that has been inducted 13 years earlier as one of the soccer pioneers.
|2017||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2017||Membre honoré (Athlète) / Honoured Member (Athlete)||Québec Soccer Hall of Fame|
|2016||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2014||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2013||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2012||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2012||Top 100 Men’s Footballers||Canada Soccer Centennial Timeline|
|2011||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2007||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2005||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Professional Player of Excellence|
|2000||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Senior Player of Excellence|
|1998||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Youth Player of Excellence|
|1995||Gagnant / Winner||FSQ Male Senior Player of Excellence|
- Team mobilization
- Coaching & leadership
- Motivation, success, and personal growth
*Available in both English and French
COMMENT ÇA VA? – Discussion with Patrice Bernier during the COVID-19 crisis (French)
FORMAX KEYNOTE SPEAKERS SHOWCASE – 2019 (bilingual)
Patrice Bernier presents his keynotes (French)
PepTalk on the road with… Patrice Bernier (French)