- Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
Originally from Trois-Rivières, Jean Désy obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from the Université de Montréal in 1989. He then continued his studies and obtained a certificate in archival studies from the same university in 1990.
After a few years working for the City of Montreal's Culture Department, Jean had the opportunity to experience a new challenge outside Canada. For four years, from 1996 to 2000, he worked in Hanoi, Vietnam as a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency.
Back home, Jean had the opportunity to work again for the City of Montreal, but this time in a variety of manual jobs. He has since held positions in public works, waterworks and as a driver. In addition to his full-time roles, he was involved in various occupational health and safety committees.
In May 2011, Jean was elected to the union's Standing Committee on Occupational Health and Safety. As this work is full-time, he was taken out of his workplace to focus exclusively on this task. At the same time, he took charge of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee for the union. Since 2017, he has also been the representative of the Canadian Union of Public Employees - Québec (CUPE) at the Fédération des travailleurs-euses du Québec (FTQ).
In Jean’s opinion, the Green Party of Canada is the only possible political response to the impending climate crisis. He believes a major shift in focus must be made in all spheres of government to effectively combat climate change while still building a vibrant and equitable society.
Jean is the father of two teenagers, Émile and Béatrice, and has been married to Chantal, the love of his life, for almost thirty years.