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Meet Senator

Joyce Fairbairn

The Hon. Joyce  Fairbairn, P.C., B.A., B.J. Beginning her career as a journalist, Senator Joyce Fairbairn was appointed to the Senate June 29, 1984, by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. She represents the province of Alberta and the Senatorial Division of Lethbridge.

Liberal Team

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, he received the designation of Chartered Accountant with the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants while at the firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 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, Mr. Massicotte 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, which was converted into Alexis Nihon REIT in December 2002. Mr. Massicotte was co-owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alexis Nihon from 1985 to 2006.

Mr. Massicotte was appointed as a Senator on June 26, 2021 as a representative of the Lanaudière region.

Mr. Massicotte is also the Proprietor of Attractions Hippiques, which owns and operates Quebec’s four horseracing facilities and all related pari-mutuel operations.

As well, 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 social and charitable institutions.

In the past, Mr. Massicotte also 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 is also a past 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, as past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Quebec Chapter, and 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 (QIM). He was a founding Director, past Chairman and past President of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec and Board member of La Solidarité, an insurance company, 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 of the 2002-2003 Fundraising Campaign for the George Stephen House Trust Fund and as one of the Honorary Patrons of the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Financial Campaigns of Le Chaînon. More recently, in 2007, Mr. Massicotte and his wife organized a fashion show benefitting the Centre d’Action Bénévoles de la Vallée de la Richelieu.

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