· 55 years old
· Holds a diploma in Chemistry from the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology
· Involved with the NDP in the 1970s in Ottawa (twice a candidate in Ottawa-Vanier) before moving to Montreal
· Has solid experience in international trade with Europe, the Middle East and the United States
· Has also worked on technology used in heavy industry, such as the pulp and paper and aluminium industry and thermal electrical generation
Trilingual (French, English and German), has a sound knowledge of the Middle East.