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Friends of the Foundation

Friends of the Foundation are esteemed members of Montreal’s business community who want to contribute to the Foundations goals but are not of Italian descent. Their role is to expand the Foundation’s network of friends and business professionals and to support the Foundation’s fundraising events.

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Michel Bissonet

Join Date October 11, 2003

Mr. Michel Bissonnet obtained a law degree at Université de Montréal in 1976 and was admitted to the Barreau du Québec the following year. He ran as an Action Laval candidate for the city council of Laval in 1969 and served as mayor of Saint-Léonard from 1978 to 1981.

Bissonnet successfully ran as the Liberal candidate in the District of Jeanne-Mance in the 1981 election. He was re-elected in the 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998 elections. He also won re-election in the merged District of Jeanne-Mance–Viger in 2003 and 2007.

In July 2008, Bissonnet announced that he would leave provincial politics and run again for the mayoral position of Saint-Léonard, now a borough of Montreal following the 2002 amalgamation. Mr. Bissonnet speaks English, French and Italian fluently.

Michel Bissonet

Ville de St-Léonard

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