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Paul Desruisseaux

lawyer , business executive , former Canadian senator.

Paul Desruisseaux, lawyer, business executive, former Canadian senator. Recipient medals Latin union l’Alliance Francaise; Bene Merenti medal; decorated commander Royal Order St. Gregoire Great; knight Magistral Order Malta; Human Relations award Canadian Council Christians and Jews; named honorary chief Abenakis Indians.


Desruisseaux, Paul was born on May 1, 1905 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Son of Geoffroy Francois and Sarah (Gauthier) Desruisseaux.


Graduate law, University Montreal, 1934.


Bar: Quebec bar 1934, created King’s counsel 1948, Queen’s counsel 1953. Practiced in, Sherbrooke. Senior member Desruisseaux, Fortin, Rouillard, until 1960, senator div., Wellington, 1966-1980.

Past chairman Louisiana Tribune, Inc., CHLT, CHLT-FM and CHLT-television, 1955-1967. Chairman Melchers Distilleries Ltd., 1967-1975. President St. Regis Investment Company, 1948-1967, Sherbrooke Hotel & Motel Company, 1948-1959, Quebec Telemedia, Inc., 1967-1970, Telegram Printing & Public Limited company, 1955-1970, Delta Services, Inc., 1963-1967, Radio and television Sherbrooke, Inc., 1955-1967, Desmont Research and Development Inc., 1967-1980, Cablevision, 1965-1980, Desruisseaux Corporation, 1961-1974.

Societe Tele-Cinema, Inc., 1954-1973, Cinema Plaza, Inc., 1965-1973. Vice president Cinema Premier, Inc., 1953-1973. Director Westmount Life Assurance Limited company, 1964-1976, Canadian General Electric Limited company, 1964-1976, Royal Bank of Canada, Quebec, 1962-1977, Provigo, 1969-1974, Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Industries, 1970-1977, Monde International Corporation, 1971-1977.

Assistant Assistant commissioner Catholic Scouts of Sherbrooke, 1937-1939. Member Canadian branch Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Canadian group Interparliamentary Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Association. Board Governors Sherbrooke Hospital.

President Sherbrooke Red Cross Society, 1954-1957. Board of Governors U. Sherbrooke, 1957-1974, vice president board of trustees, 1961-1971. Board regents U. Ottawa, 1960-1966.

Chairman honorary Board of Governors Quebec Association Retarded Children, from 1961. Board directors Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company Foundation, 1970-1977.


Served with Royal Canadian Artillery, 1942-1945. Member A.I.M. (fellow president’s council), Sherbrooke Chamber of Commerce, Sherbrooke Fusiliers (honorary. Member Officers; Clubs: Hillcrest Ski (North Hatley) (co-founder, life, North).


Married Celine Duchesne, June 16, 1945. Children: Louis (deceased), Francois, Helene, Pierre.

Geoffroy Francois Desruisseaux

Sarah (Gauthier) Desruisseaux

Celine Duchesne

Louis Desruisseaux (deceased)

Francois Desruisseaux

Helene Desruisseaux

Pierre Desruisseaux