Bernie Tanz graduated from York Mills Collegiate and attended the University of Southern California to study business. He later returned to Toronto and became the Vice President of Leasing for a major real estate management company. Within a few short years, Bernie had made a solid name for himself in the industry.
In 1989, he orchestrated the redevelopment of an Industrial Warehouse in Leaside, believing that he could create something vibrant in the community out of the old remains. The site now houses a thriving graphic design centre, creating 300 new jobs in the neighborhood. That particular building is merely one example of how, under Bernie’s direction, good ideas can blossom in the community.
Because of his well-earned reputation for honesty and integrity, Bernie was appointed the Vice Chairman of the Leaside Industrial Association from 1990-1994, and was urged to run for East York Council (Ward 4, Borough of East York) in the final year.
Despite being virtually unknown in political circles at the time, Bernie’s no-nonsense approach, and his ability to bring diverse people together for a common goal, resulted in his losing by a scant 67 votes.
As the dark horse, Bernie showed himself to be a persuasive speaker with a lot of common sense, qualities he now brings to the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence. He has been an active, contributing member of the PC Party since 1994.
Bernie and the entire Tanz family are well-known for their charitable donations to important institutions in Toronto. In addition, Bernie has dug deep into his personal time to direct and assist in capital campaigns, raising millions for major charities. His volunteerism has extended from small local charities to organizations such as the CNIB, the Baycrest Centre and the Bialek Hebrew Day School , the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and to being a member of the Advisory Board of the Tanz Neuroscience Center, of the University of Toronto.