Alain was raised on a mixed farm near the proud French-Canadian hamlet of Ste-Marthe, SK which is located in southeastern Saskatchewan between Rocanville and the Manitoba border. At a young age, he developed a very strong appreciation and love of nature, animals, and the environment. The values of honesty and being a hard worker were also instilled in him. He spent his youth working on the farm, training and riding horses, playing hockey, and studying hard. Though he excelled in academics, Alain did not like sitting at a desk or being cooped up indoors for long, so he entered the workforce after high school and worked at numerous jobs such as road construction, operating heavy equipment, in a metal fabrication shop as sandblaster and forklift operator, farm labourer, grain elevator employee, oil rig worker, steam and vac truck operator, cook’s helper, and waiter. These experiences allowed Alain to save up some money for university and gain valuable work and life experience which he would not trade for the world.
Alain graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2005 and worked in private mixed veterinary practice as an associate veterinarian until 2011. Alain served as a member of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) Council and on numerous SVMA committees during this time and was selected as an Emerging Young Leader by the SVMA and CVMA as well. In 2011 Alain opened his own ambulatory mixed animal practice and operated it until 2019 when he was hired on as a Clinical Research Veterinarian at VIDO.
Alain remains passionate about nature and animals, spending time outdoors, and trying to keep physically fit. When not at work, Alain enjoys spending his time with his wife Jenny and their son Alex who was born in 2019.