Joseph L. Clement is known amongst family members, clients and friends simply as "Joe." He was born in Ontario, Canada, to a French Canadian mother and a English Canadian father. He spent his early years in New Brunswick before moving to the City of Montreal, Quebec, at the age of nine.
He worked in the banking industry at the Bank of Commerce, Montreal, for several years before venturing into architectural design, graduating from The Montreal School of Architectural Design in 1980, before joining a Calgary based architectural firm in 1981. After collecting and studying antiques for several years he started an antiques store in Montreal with business partner John Hogan. Joe has over twenty five years of experience in the antiques business.