Originally from Matane, Jean-François Thibault left his hometown in 1973 and moved to Montreal to study political science.
He has more than 12 years experience in politics and government, having worked as an advisor to a number of ministers in Quebec and in Ottawa. Having worked in various departments including Environment, Energy, Communications, Health, and recently Industry, Mr. Thibault is very aware of the challenges facing our society and the concerns of the constituents of Laurier.
Between 1987 and 1998, he was a partner in a major communications and public affairs agency. In 1992, he opened L’Agora, a neighborhood bar in the downtown area which he still operates. In 1999, he became a self-employed consultant.
During this period, he worked at the municipal level, particularly as a coordinator for the election campaign of the former mayor of Montreal. In December 2001, he returned to federal politics as a member of the Hon. Allan Rock’s team, first at the Health department and subsequently at Industry Canada. He served as Mr. Rock’s Quebec assistant and subsequently, chief of staff.
Concerned about the daily challenges faced by people with HIV, Mr. Thibault became socially involved in 1993. For seven years, he worked as a volunteer at Ludovic House, a community organization that helps AIDS victims. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Quebec Gay Chamber of Commerce.