Richard Sanfaçon holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Laval University in 1978. He received his professional certification as Canada's Federal Surveyor (AF) in 1990. From 1979 to 2014, he worked for the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Quebec Region. Quebec first as a cartographer, then hydrographer, hydrographer in charge, manager, and finally acting director of the office of the Quebec Region. He was elected President of the Canadian Hydrographic Association in September 2016.