Maxim was named after the canoeing great Maxim Boilard. Boilard happened to be the family’s newspaper carrier as young boy and Maxim’s mother like his name. When Boilard came to speak at Maxim’s primary class after his forth place C1 finish at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Maxim was inspired to follow in his namesake’s footsteps. He took up canoeing at Lac Beauport Canoe Club in the summer of 2001 and has since made the National Team and represented Canada at the 2011 Junior World Championships and the 2014 Pan American Championships. At the 2013 Canada Summer Games Maxim won three gold and on silver medal and as a member of the Quebec team was a crowd favourite in Sherbrooke.
As Boilard inspired Maxim to take up the sport, Maxim inspired his younger brother, Pierre-Luc, to take up the sport and he is now is now a competitive kayaker. Maxim participates in several other sports including cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, road biking, running and swimming. He also played quarterback in football as a youngster. Maxim is studying business while focusing on his canoeing dreams.