08/20/2014 03:24 EDT | Updated 10/20/2014 05:59 EDT

A QuickSketch profile of New Brunswick Green party Leader David Coon

A sketch of David Coon, leader of the Green party of New Brunswick.

Age: 57.

Early years: Born in Toronto, raised in Montreal. For more than 30 years, he has been an advocate on behalf of a wide range of environmental causes and has worked with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

Education: Has a bachelor of science in biology from McGill University and a diploma in pure and applied sciences from Vanier College in Montreal.

Political career: Worked for the federal Green party in several capacities before becoming the province's Green leader in September 2012.

Family: Married to Janice Harvey, the couple have two daughters, Caroline, 18, and Laura, 15.

Quote: "We don't believe this can be done safely in any way." — Coon speaking in May about the prospect of fracking for shale gas.