Age: 56

Education: Graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1977 and received his master's degree from the University of Reading in 1978.

Experience: Started in 1979 as a faculty lecturer in geography at McGill University, then spent most of the past 30 years working on environmental and agricultural issues for provincial and national agencies in Canada.

Family: He and his wife, Pheroza, have three children.