Ghislain Chouinard holds an M. Sc. from Mount Allison University and a B. Sc. (Biology) from the Université de Moncton. He was a vice chair of the Advisory Committee (ACOM) at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea from 2016 to 2021.
Previously, he was a career scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada involved in fish stock assessments, scientific advice and the direction of research programs.