Erik grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, and is the oldest of three children. After completing high school, Erik moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he completed his Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating in 2012, Erik entered the Society of Jesus. While at the Jesuit Novitiate Erik did street outreach ministry with the homeless population in downtown Montreal. Erik has also spent time working with inner city youth at Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina. Since August 2014, Erik has been studying philosophy at Regis College in Toronto. Outside of school Erik enjoys practising martial arts and flying.