Marc-André Bernier

Marc-Andre Bernier

Marc-Andre Bernier

Marc-André Bernier is the Chief of the Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service.

Born in Kapuskasing Ontario, he completed a B.A. in Classical Studies and a M.A. in Greek Archaeology, both at the University of Ottawa. With the Underwater Archaeology Service (UAS) since 1990, he has worked all over Canada in numerous National Parks, Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites and has directed many notable projects including the excavation of the shipwreck of the Elizabeth and Mary, part of Sir William Phips’ fleet that besieged Quebec in 1690, and the archaeological survey that led to the discovery of a World War II American plane in the St. Lawrence River. Recently, the UAS’s work led to the discovery of HMS Investigator, abandoned in the Arctic in 1853.

Presently Chair of the Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology and a member of the International Committee on the Underwater Cultural Heritage, he has also participated in underwater archaeology projects in France, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia and the United States.

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