Born in Toronto, Joël Lightbound grew up in Sainte-Foy where he attended De Rochebelle and Champlain St. Lawrence schools. He then went on to study law at McGill University in Montréal, earning a degree in both civil law and common law (B.C.L./LL.B).
Joël worked at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin in Montréal from 2011 to 2013, at first as a student and intern, then as a lawyer in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights division.
Towards the end of 2013, Joël left his job in Montréal to return to Quebec City and enter politics as a nomination candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. He practised law in the Quebec City region, while pursuing a master’s degree in information technology law, specializing in the legal aspects of privacy protection on the Internet.
Joël has always been very involved in his community, whether as President of the St. Lawrence Student Association, Vice-President of the Confédération des associations des étudiantes et étudiants en droit civil, or as the Quebec representative in the Parlement francophone des jeunes (PFJ) in Libreville, Gabon. He has served on the boards of Champlain Regional College and the organization La Baratte Chez Soi.
Joël represented McGill University at the Laskin Moot Court Competition in the area of administrative and constitutional law, where he and his team earned the awards for best factum, best team, and second-best pair of mooters. He was also awarded the Cardinal Roy Trophy for his leadership and academic excellence during his studies at St. Lawrence College.
Joël was first elected in the riding of Louis-Hébert in October 2015. In Parliament, he served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics.
Joël acted as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health from January to September 2017. He was then named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance on September 19, 2017.
After his re-election in 2019, he was appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Joël is once again asking the citizens of Louis-Hébert to place their trust in him so that he can continue his work to help build a more just, more inclusive and more responsible society.