After receiving a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of British Columbia, Werner moved to Toronto and joined local rock band The Ringing. The band, managed by Gary Pring secured a development deal with Capitol Records.
Werner is also one of the judges on Canadian Idol. Cast as the Canadian equivalent of Simon Cowell, Werner has garnered significant criticism from Canadian media for the degree to which he copies Cowell's persona on the show.
Werner is a member of Canadian band Haymaker.