Éric studied elementary school teaching and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal. For eight years, he worked with pupils from disadvantaged or multiethnic backgrounds both in Montreal and in Longueuil. He soon became involved in the union in his workplace, becoming coordinator, vice president and now president of the Syndicat de Champlain, an affiliate of the Centrale des syndicats du Québec and the largest union in the educational field in Quebec. The union, with a scope including cross-categorical classrooms, has 10,000 members working for three school boards in areas near Montreal. Éric has a keen interest in international politics, especially U.S. politics, and one of his strengths is his understanding of societal change and its impacts on education.