Daniel Bernhard

Daniel Bernhard

I'm a creative guy who works on complex problems affecting the public good. I also build useful digital products.


I call Toronto home.

Daniel Bernhard

me@danielbernhard.com | +1.647.706.4066 | @sendinthewolf | medium.com/@sendinthewolf

I'm a creative guy who solves complex business problems and builds useful digital products. I call Toronto home.

Work

Executive Director, FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting (2018 - present)

FRIENDS is an independent citizens' group, national in scope, that champions Canadian culture and democracy on air and online. I spend most of my time designing communications campaigns of various kinds, be they targeted at our existing supporters, the public at large, government, or the media. I also play an active role developing public policy research (including CRTC interventions) and supervising internal technology projects. And there's obviously fundraising by voice call, SMS, postal mail and email.

  • Took over from founder after 33 years.
  • Brought about strategic evolution from an organization which most people know as a CBC fan club into a modern movement with expertise in matters of digital media governance and Canadian cultural sovereignty more broadly.
  • Increased FRIENDS' public and media profiles, especially on Big Tech issues, and successfuly influenced key legislative projects and regulatory decisions.
  • Completely overhauled payment and advocacy technologies, including several significant in-house dev projects.
  • Tripled Francophone communications and activism capacity.
  • Led two grassroots, volunteer election pressure campaigns. The first resulted in favourable platform promises by four major national parties. The second is still underway!
  • Grew monthly donor base by 5% during pandemic of 2020.
President, Mushroom Cloud (2011 - present)

Strategy consulting, operational improvement, and software development services for the public benefit sector. Clients include:

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation (Canada's largest grantmaking foundation)
  • Canada Council for the Arts (Canada‚Äôs public arts funder)
  • Royal College of Dentists of Canada (certifies all dental specialists)
  • Equestrian Canada (>85,000 members)
Consultant, Kaiser Associates (2010 - 2012)

Pre-aquisition modelling, forecasting, and due diligence for private equity clients. Stratgic growth planning for prominent Fortune 500 companies.

Community Development Specialist, Spice Innovations (2008 - 2010)

Youth-focussed civic engagement in partnership with nonprofits, universities, and municipal governments.

Education

University of Cambridge

MPhil. - Political Economy

London School of Economics

BSc. 1st Class - International Relations with History

New Economics Foundation

Certificate - Social Return on Investment Analysis

Languages

English (native)
Franch (fluent spoken, intermediate written)
Spanish (fluent spoken, basic written)

Strengths

  • Leadership
  • Creative problem solving and solutions design
  • Getting the job done, no matter what
  • Learning new things quickly
  • Digital product design
  • Project management (including software)
  • Code (HTML, CSS, Javascript, Node.js, mongo db, Meteor.js, etc...)

Community

Director (volunteer)
Soundstreams (contemporary music)
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