Benoit Charette

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Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Laval Region

Born in Saint-Jérôme on July 19, 1976, Benoit Charette has been Member of the National Assembly for the Deux-Montagnes riding in the Laurentides region since December 8, 2008. He was appointed Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on January 8, 2019.

After graduating from the École nationale d’administration publique and Université du Québec à Montréal, Minister Charette got involved early on in international work, first as a volunteer aid worker in Haiti in 1995 then at the Délégation générale du Québec in Mexico City and the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. He subsequently became a program manager at the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie.

Mr. Charette’s social engagement includes his role as Executive Director of the Forum jeunesse des Laurentides from 2003 to 2005. Subsequently and until 2008, he served as Local Programs Manager for the Jules and Paul-Émile Léger Foundation. Over the years he has been a member of the Boards of Directors of several community organizations.

Mr. Charrette held numerous positions at the National Assembly of Québec, including as Chiefs of Staff for the 2nd Opposition Whip and Leader from 2012 to 2014. Prior to his appointment to Cabinet, he served as Chair of the Committee on Institutions,, as well as a member of the Committee on the National Assembly and the Committee on Culture and Education.

Mr. Charette is also the proud father of three children.