He is a native of Quebec City and a graduate of Université Laval in Administration. He then moved to Montreal where he worked in real estate development and served in management positions in the packaging and printing industry for 10 years. He was Chairman, Director of Marketing and Director of Sales over a period of 30 years for Canlyte Inc., Canadian subsidiary of the Philips Group, the largest manufacturer of lighting fixtures. René is currently pursuing his career as a private management consultant and he remains socially involved.