A native of Montreal, Quebec, Genest is the son of Canadian actor Émile Genest. He was nominated for the 2006 federal election on January 16, 2006, and ran as a Green Party of Canada candidate in the riding of Jeanne-Le Ber. Genest was one of two deputy leaders of the Green Party of Canada. He was appointed to that position in November 2006. He however was later succeed in that role by Jacques Rivard.
Genest used to help teach permaculture at The University of Vermont. Genest is also the founder of the Green Mountain Permaculture Institute where he teaches earth repair and ecological design. He is also creator, producer and host of Regeneration - The Art of Sustainable Living, nominated for an Emmy Award, from their New England Chapter, in 2008.
- Green Party candidates, 2008 Canadian federal election
- Green Party candidates, 2006 Canadian federal election
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