Born and raised in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Jean is a 48 year-old father of four and grandfather of two. Fluently bilingual, he has deep roots in the community. He lives in the St. Anselme area of Dieppe, in the home, which has seen three successive generations. Jean is the founder and President of Lantech Drilling Services Inc., a successful contract drilling company.
With a head office in Dieppe the Company specializes in mineral exploration and Geo-environmental investigations. Since starting in 1990, Lantech has expanded into a thriving business. Initially launched with one drill and two employees, the company has grown to employ more than 60 people and includes a branch office in Ontario. Lantech is recognized as an industry leader and has conducted international drilling operations in North and West Africa.
An experienced businessman and entrepreneur, Jean has performed senior management roles across Canada. He has worked in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Jean was National Sales manager for a large multinational based in North Bay, Ontario as well as Executive Vice-President for an international drilling contractor and manufacturing firm based in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
A strong advocate for fitness and sport, Jean has been a member of the Canadian Coaching Association. He has coached minor football in the Moncton area and was an umpire for the Dieppe minor baseball association.
Jean also supports higher education and, as such, was named an officer in the Order of Regents of the University of Moncton.
He has served on several boards including the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Chamber of Natural Resources of Nova Scotia and is a past President of the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association. He is a member in good standing of the New Brunswick Society of Engineering Technologists.
Jean graduated from the New Brunswick Institute of Technology’s Civil Technology program and has studied for the professional accounting designation in the CMA program of the Society of Management Accountants.