“I’m a very proud Jewish Montrealer. I call Montreal the Jewel of North America. I like that I have friends from a lot of different communities, that there’s a meshing between cultures. I’m never afraid to wear a kippah or any kind of Jewish symbol. We’re geographically well placed and so people come here from all over the world. It’s a mosaic, it’s a melting pot, it’s a little bit of everything.
I like to be a bon vivant, and I believe very much in random acts of kindness. Sometimes a smile is as simple as it needs to be—it could be the only smile that someone saw all day. I choose to see the bright side of things. I put out in the world what I want to come back. There’s no shame in seeking happiness; you should never feel guilty about that. No one can tell you how to be happy.”