Born in Ste. Adèle and raised in Verdun and ville St. Laurent, Québec, David Bertschi learned from an early age the importance of hard work, perseverance and honesty. Settling in Orléans almost 30 years ago, David and his wife Debbie enjoyed raising their six children, building community connections and establishing a successful, growing business in the area.
David has been practicing law since 1985 and has spent his career providing quality, ethical and efficient legal advice. In his capacity as a Crown Prosecutor and Prosecutor for the Ontario Human Rights Commission he fought relentlessly to safeguard our communities by prosecuting Human Rights and criminal cases for the Ontario Government.
While today David restricts his practice to civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance, commercial and employment law, he remains committed to building strong and prosperous communities through community engagement. As a founding partner at Bertschi Orth Solicitors and Barristers LLP, David has had the opportunity to give back in a variety of ways from local employment and sponsorship to countless volunteer hours.
David has always been an active volunteer in Orléans and greater Ottawa community. He has been a board member for Citizen Advocacy of Ottawa, the Resource Centre for the Handicapped, the Orléans Rotary Club and the Quickstart/Kickstart organization for the early detection and intervention of autism. He is also a proud supporter of a number of sport and cultural groups throughout the community; the Cumberland Panthers, Orléans Young Players Theatre Group, Music Alive, the Orléans Bengals and the Cumberland soccer, hockey and baseball associations.
After being involved in the Liberal Party for more than thirty years, David won the Liberal Party of Canada nomination for the riding of Orléans in September of 2009. David received 24,649 votes, which represents the fifth highest number of votes obtained by federal Liberal Party of Canada Candidates. With the support of the community, his family and friends David ran for the Liberal Leadership in 2013. He was fortunate enough to speak to many Canadians during his campaign and in particular his 19,850km cross Canada tour. While David was one of the last candidates to withdraw from the race, his commitment to his riding remained steadfast.
In 2014, David was approved by the Green Light Committee to run as the Liberal contestant for Orléans. Unfortunately 6 months later, David’s nomination was arbitrarily revoked. Despite this, David remains dedicated to the growth and well-being of his community and is actively working towards reducing his federal leadership debts in order to represent the people of Orléans in the future.