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Meet Senator

Percy Downe

The Hon. Percy E. Downe, B.A. Senator Percy E. Downe was appointed to the Senate of Canada by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. He has served in the Senate representing Charlottetown in the province of Prince Edward Island since June 26, 2003.

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The Hon. Paul J. Massicotte, B.Comm., C.A.


Born in Manitoba, Mr. Massicotte obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Dean’s Honour List) in 1974, from the University of Manitoba.

In 1976, while working at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, he received the designation of Chartered Accountant from the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the following year he became a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. In February 2005, Mr. Massicotte was granted the title of Fellow from the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec, the profession’s highest honorific designation.

From 1977 onwards, he was successively appointed to senior executive positions with real estate development firms in Western Canada, before moving to Montreal in 1985 to join the Alexis Nihon Group. Mr. Massicotte was President and co-owner of Alexis Nihon from 1985 to 2006. He was also the owner of Attractions Hippiques from 2006 to 2009.

Mr. Massicotte was appointed to the Senate on June 26th in 2003, by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. He is currently a member of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, as well as the Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources. Involved with many parliamentary associations and groups, he is Co-Chair of the Canada-Russia Inter-parliamentary Association, member of the Executive Committee for the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association, member of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Canada-China Legislative Association, the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canada-France Inter-Parliamentary Association and the Canada-United States and Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Groups.

He sits on the Board of Directors of the Ste-Anne’s Hospital Foundation and the Greater Montreal YMCA Foundation. He is also active with several other social and charitable institutions

In the past, Mr. Massicotte contributed as Director of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Mercantile Bancorp Limited. He has also been member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Real Property Association of Canada, the Canadian Home Income Plan, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Foundation and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. Mr. Massicotte has also been Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Quebec Chapter), past member of the Canadian Board of the Young Presidents’ Organization, as well as a member of the Regional Council of the Société du Quartier International de Montréal. He was a founding Director, Chairman and President of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec. He was also a Board member of the insurance company La Solidarité, the Study Committee on Fiscal Equity at the Municipal Level in the Montreal area, and UDI Canada.

In 1997/98 he volunteered as mentor to the Quebec prize-winner of the Business Development Bank of Canada Award. He also acted as Honorary Co-Chair at the 2002-2003 Fundraising Campaign for the George Stephen House Trust Fund and was one of the Honorary Patrons for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Financial Campaigns of Le Chaînon. In 2007, Mr. Massicotte and his wife also organized a fashion show benefitting the Centre d’Action Bénévoles de la Vallée de la Richelieu.

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