· Family farmer and Branch Supervisor for the Bruce County Public Library in Ripley and Lucknow
· Active in the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture, the National Farmers Union
· Founding member of the Rural Community Coalition, an organization formed to fight for the protection of our water and communities
· Past Local President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
· Earned Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Canadian History and Politics from Trent University
· Long time roots in the community
· Lives on family farm near Paisley with his wife Sarah Slater, a teacher with the Bluewater District School Board, and their three children.