Born in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Québec (Etudes classiques at the Séminaires de Gaspé and Rimouski; B.A., Laval University, 1955; LL.L, Laval University, 1958; Bar of Québec, 1959; London School of Economics, 1959-1960). He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1960.
From 1962 to 1975, Mr. Roy served abroad in Prague, in Havana and in Brussels at the Canadian Delegation to NATO, where he was Deputy Permanent Representative. From 1981 to 1982, he was Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with concurrent accreditation to North Yemen, South Yemen, Oman and Somalia; from 1982 to 1986, he was Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Washington. From 1990 to 1994, he was Ambassador to Switzerland and from 1994 to 1996, Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels.
In Ottawa, Mr. Roy occupied the positions of Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Policy Analysis Group; Director General of the Economic Affairs Bureau; Assistant Deputy Minister, Personnel Branch; and Assistant Deputy Minister, Europe Branch. He also served at the Privy Council Office as Assistant Secretary (Foreign Affairs and Defence) and Adviser to the Prime Minister for International Relations.
Mr. Roy was Ambassador to France from July 1996 to August 2000. He is married to Sylvia Akerlind and has four children and two step-children.