Eric grew up in Montreal and began his professional career in the packaging industry there. A series of promotions took him to Toronto, Winnipeg, and finally Edmonton, where he retired from a senior management position in 2007. During his career he served on the Boards of numerous industrial trade associations, non-profit organisations, as well as chairing two regulatory specification committees.
From 2007 to 2013 he served on the Board of the Child and Family Services Authority – Region 6. In 2010, as a retirement project, he returned to university to obtain a BSW degree, completing his second practicum at a senior serving organisation.
Although he had intended this degree to be solely a retirement project, he found that he genuinely enjoyed working with seniors to assist them with the many different challenges they face, so he continued to practise social work on a part-time, as needed, basis for another four years with that organisation. He currently volunteers on Boards and Steering Committees for several senior serving and youth serving organisations, focusing his efforts on seniors, youth ageing out of care, sexual minorities, and other marginalised populations.
In recognition of his service to the community he has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and citations of excellence by the City of Edmonton, Alberta’s Promise, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.