Born in 1964, in Lebanon among a large family of six boys and two girls, Omar El-Harrache had a first career as a writer and journalist until he completed a bachelor’s degree in law in 1994.
In 1995, he leaves journalism to manage the office of a member of parliament.
In 1997, he completed his law degree, joined the Tripoli Bar association and started publishing in its legal journal.
To ensure the well-being and safety of his family, Omar leaves his homeland in 2001 to immigrate to Canada.
Encountering language difficulties, he changed career, becoming a jeweller studying gemology. He maintained a link to his former career by working as chief editor for an Arab language newspaper in Montreal: Machreq et Al Maghreb. He also participated in the drafting of the statutes for the Association des juristes sans frontières au Québec.
In 2010, Omar returned to school and completed a master degree in engineering at l’École de technologie supérieure in 2015. He led a group of research academics at the Centre de l’entrepreneuriat technologique CENTECH, affiliated to the ETS, in a project which developed a new snow removal technology called “Paraneige”, hoping this may replace the roof at the Montreal Olympics stadium.
Always a chess player, Omar won his first trophy in a college tournament in 1988. Since 2015, he teaches chess playing at the Association d’échecs et maths de Montréal.
In 2017 and 2018, he works for the snow removal services of the SPVM.
Omar is married to Rima El-Chah and father to Soheib, Majd-Eddine and Noura.
Omar obtained the Canadian citizenship and has lived in Laval since 2009. He wishes to serve and represent his new community at the Quebec National Assembly.