Sophie Grégoire is the wife of the 23rd and current prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
She is a former television host and is involved in charity work and public speaking, focusing mainly on women’s and children’s issues.
- Born: 24 April 1975, Montreal, Canada
- Full name: Sophie Grégoire
- Nationality: Canadian
- Spouse: Justin Trudeau (m. 2005)
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About Sophie Grégoire
Sophie was born on 24 April 1975 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is the only child of Jean Grégoire, a stockbroker, and Estelle Blais, a Franco-Ontarian nurse.
Her family moved to Monreal suburban when she was four years old. Previously, they lived north of the city, in Sainte-Adèle.
She grew up in Montreal’s Mount Royal suburb, where she was a classmate and childhood friend of Michel Trudeau, the youngest son of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and brother of Grégoire’s future husband, Justin Trudeau.
Sophie once said that her “childhood was a happy one”, noting that she was a good student who made friends easily and loved sports and the outdoors.
However, on her early 17 she did struggle with bulimia nervosa. The problem lasted until her early 20s, when she revealed the illness to her parents and subsequently began a two-year period of recovery; she credits therapy, the support of her loved ones, and yoga with her recovery from the illness.
Grégoire attended high school at the private Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie in Outremont. She subsequently attended the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf before studying commerce at McGill University, intending to follow her father’s career path, but soon switched to communications, and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the Université de Montréal.
Grégoire’s first job was as a receptionist and assistant at an advertising firm. She was promoted to an account manager, but after three years of working in advertising, public relations, and sales, she decided to attend radio and television school, where she immediately knew, “I had found my calling”.
After completing her studies there, Grégoire got a job in a newsroom, writing the news ticker. A lover of culture, arts, and films, when she became aware of an opening at Quebec television station LCN for an entertainment reporter, she applied and was successful in obtaining the position.
In addition to serving as an entertainment reporter for LCN’s daily Showbiz segment, she contributed to segments on Salut Bonjour Weekend, Clin d’œil, and Bec et Museau for TVA, and hosted Canal Évasion’s Escales de Rêves and Canal Z’s Teksho.
Grégoire also served as co-host on CKMF Radio’s morning shows and contributed to Radio-Canada’s Coup de Pouce.
Additionally, she worked in the mid-2000s as a personal shopper for upscale department store Holt Renfrew.