Board of Directors Spotlight Series: Bernie Miller


The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which is comprised of provincial and federal appointees and a Board Chair. The Board sets the CNSOPB’s policies and programs through strategic, ethical and transparent lenses in the stewardship and regulation of offshore petroleum resources.

In addition to their valued contributions to our Board, our Board of Directors are active members in their communities and dedicate their time, resources and expertise to numerous organizations.

The CNSOPB welcomed Bernie Miller as a Director in December, 2022. Bernie is a federally-appointed Board Member and brings over 25 years of legal and strategic management experience to the Board.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) at McGill University and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) at Dalhousie University, Bernie was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1989, admitted to the New Brunswick bar in 1993, and appointed to the Queen’s Counsel in 2017. He received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2009. While working in the private sector, Bernie became the Managing Partner and CEO of McInnes Cooper.  He then transitioned to various roles with senior levels of government with the Province of Nova Scotia, including Deputy Minister of Business and Deputy Minister of the Office of Strategy Management, at which time he worked directly with the Premier and Executive Council.

Bernie’s educational background in the area of environmental law and political science studies, his strong familiarity with numerous government sectors, and his active involvement in various Boards and community volunteer programs are a strong asset to the CNSOPB.

“As the Board takes on responsibility for offshore renewable energy, I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the Board and staff of the CNSOPB. Their professionalism and commitment to safety and environmental protection is outstanding and will be an excellent foundation for what is to come.”

Bernie resides in Halifax with his family.  Bernie keeps active by hiking and playing hockey.  As a goaltender for over half a century, he claims a GAA of 3.65.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling throughout Nova Scotia and to Ireland to visit with family.

We thank Bernie for his contribution to our Board. For more information on Bernie, read his Board biography.