Bruce is a “Community Engagement Practitioner” and he has come to this position through a diverse array of work and volunteer experiences.
Bruce is currently Chief of Staff of the New Democratic Party Caucus in Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to that, he served on the NL Government's senior executive team for eight years, as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Rural Secretariat (2008-13) and as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Public Engagement. Bruce worked closely with community, business, labour and academic partners on public engagement processes.
Bruce’s work with non-governmental organizations has taken him to South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Togo, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Indonesia and Costa Rica; he is currently a volunteer policy expert on a green growth and youth entrepreneurship project in Nigeria, supported by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada/CUSO.
Bruce’s educational journey includes a master’s degree in adult education from St. Francis Xavier University (focus: community mobilization and popular education), an interdisciplinary PhD from Dalhousie and Post-doctoral research at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Bruce is also a graduate of LEAD Canada (Leadership for Environment and Development). Bruce lives in downtown St. John’s with his wife Camille Fouillard and their children Léo (13) and Esmée (18).