Erik Canuel was born in Montreal in 1961 where he grew up within a family of actors.The first TV series that he directs is the science fiction series "The Hunger", this was was co-produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.
Érik Canuel began his career as a film and television director with Kino Films, a company he co-founded to produce music videos. From video, he moved into advertising where he distinguished himself before shifting into television. In 2000, his film Hemingway: A Portrait received the Genie award for best short documentary then began making feature films that include. La Loi du Cochon, Nez Rouge, Le Dernier Tunnel, Le Survenant and the 2006 bilingual box-office hit, Bon cop, Bad cop. The latter film won both the Jutra and Genie Billet d'or prizes for greatest box office ticket sales in Quebec and Canada respectively. Cadavres is Canuel’s sixth feature film.