Born in Gaspé to a father of Irish origin and a Mi’gmaq mother, Mark is a proud descendant of the family of Chief John Lambert. It has not always been easy to gain acceptance and recognition of his indigenous status, which was only officialised in 1996; this was a turning point that brought Mark closer to Mi’gmaq spirituality and culture. He also feels privileged to rub shoulders with the communities of Gesgapegiag and Listuguj through his role at the MMBC as he believes that they have successfully preserved Mi’gmaq traditions.
Mark is the customer service expert of the board, with 46 years of experience under his belt as a manager for The Bay, Zellers, and Couche-Tard. His greatest asset that he brings to the MMBC board is undeniably his network of contacts, particularly in the town of Gaspé and Gaspésie business communities. He enjoys helping to source opportunities for acquisitions for the MMBC. Mark was an economic development advisor for the nation of Gespeg from 2015 to 2019 and went to Cégep in Sociology.
A man with a sharp sense of responsibility, Mark has been a volunteer firefighter for 40 years for the town of Gaspé. The return of his daughter to the area as Head of the Mi’gmaq Interpretation Site of Gespeg is certainly his greatest source of pride.