Bob Bernhardt, LLM, PhD, has been president of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) since 2004. He has broad experience encompassing post-secondary education, international education, administrative law, and medical education. Bernhardt's academic background spans science, information systems, education, administrative law, and leadership in higher education. He has led the creation of new post-secondary education departments overseas, consulted on teacher education programs in the Middle East, and is a past president of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. Bernhardt believes that future health care must focus on genuine partnerships engaging the patient and their range of healthcare providers, and he sees this as a key to reversing the trend of ever-rising costs.