Diane Bérard

Reporter, Future of Good

Diane Bérard is a freelance solutions journalist based in Montreal.

 This practice, currently deployed in some over 300 newsrooms in the US, is also present in Canada and Europe.  Solutions journalism is the critical presentation of solutions to the societal challenges of the 21st century. While journalists are generally reputed to be watchdogs, solutions journalists are guide dogs. The practice of solutions journalism poses a major challenge: while problems howl, solutions whisper.

Over the course of her career, Diane Bérard has been editor-in-chief of a business magazine; she has also contributed to numerous print media, as well as being a radio and TV columnist. She is currently a contributor to Radio-Canada’s “Zone économie”. 

With a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in economics, Diane Bérard values community involvement. She sat on the Board of Directors of Maison-Théâtre (a theater venue for children and teenagers) for seven years. Today, she is a director of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, where she chairs the strategy committee. This is a non-partisan organization whose ambition is to increase citizen participation in democratic life.

She has written five books in her spare time, each corresponding to her current explorations. She has covered capitalism excess ( Les fous du rois); thought leadership ( J’ai perdu ma montre au fond du lac); motherhood (Deux filles le mercredi soir); grief ( La chaise rouge devant le fleuve) and resistance to change ( Le réflexe du castor). 

She is currently working on a documentary about solutions to the housing crisis. It will air on all Radio-Canada platforms in 2024.