Student, Ste Marie de Monnoir College. Student, St. Johns, Quebec. Student, McGill University, Montreal.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Montreal, 1945.
He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1917 and began a legal career in private practice, specialising in insurance law. He appeared several times in the Supreme Court of Canada. He eventually served on many corporate boards, including the board of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Sun Life Insurance.
He also served on the boards of many non-profit and charitable organizations, such as the Montreal Children"s Hospital.
In 1940, Brais was appointed to the Legislative Council of Quebec representing the Grandville division. He served until the Council was abolished in 1968.
In 1940, he was made a Minister without Portfolio in the cabinet of Liberal Premier of Quebec Adélard Godbout. Brais was President of the Canadian Bar Association from 1944 until 1945.
He then served as bâtonnier of the Montreal Bar in 1949, and bâtonnier of the provincial Barreau, 1949-1950.
In 1943, Brais was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Brais died on January 2, 1972 at Cowansville. He was buried on January 5, 1972, at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal.
Appointed to Legislation Council Petroquest Energy, 1940. Vice chairman Wartime Information Board, 1941-1945. Member Dominion Executive and Joint Chairman, Quebec division, National War Finance Committee, 1941-1945.
Governor Montreal Children's Hospital, Children's Memorial Hospital, Royal Edward Laurentian Hospital. Chairman of the Board Governors French Federated Charities, 1944-1945. Vice chairman Canada Disaster Relief Fund, Inc.
National director Canada Council Christians and Jews. Created King's Counsel, 1927. Batonnier General of Province of Quebec, 1949-1950.
Member Canada Bar Association (president 1944-1945), Montreal Board Trade (honorary life member), American Bar Association, Mount Royal Club, St. Denis Club, Montreal Reform Club, Garrison (Quebec) Club, Seigniory Club, Rideau Club (Ottawa, Ontario).
Married Louise Dore, February 24, 1925. Children: J. Philippe, Louise Vaillancourt, Francoise Helene, Michelle Brault, Lucile.