Early years: Alward was born in Massachusetts but was raised in New Brunswick, going to high school in Nackawic, west of Fredericton. Before getting into politics, Alward worked for the federal government with Canada Customs and as a program officer with Human Resources Development Canada, before starting his own private consulting business. He operates a small farm with his family in Riceville.
Education: Has a bachelor of psychology from Bryan College in Tennessee.
Political career: First elected to the legislature in 1999, he represents the riding of Woodstock. Served as minister of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture in a previous Conservative government. Became leader of the Progressive Conservative party in October 2008 and won a majority government for the party in 2010, defeating the Liberal government of Shawn Graham.
Family: Married to Rhonda, the couple have two grown sons, Jonathan and Benjamin.
Quote: "There have been difficult times and we haven't been able to do everything that we committed to do, and I'm disappointed at that.'' — Alward speaking on his party's record at the final debate of the campaign.