The Federation of Law Societies of Canada mourns the passing of former President Maurice Piette, who represented the Chambre des notaires du Québec at Federation meetings for 20 years, 15 of them as a member of the Federation Council (2003-2018). He was President of the Federation in 2016-2017.
Maurice had been active in the affairs of the Chambre des notaires since 1993. He became a member of its governing council in 1996, serving as Vice-President until 1999. He was elected Vice-President of the Chambre again in 2005, serving until 2008, and served a third term from 2010-2014. He also served as interim President of the Chambre in 2009.
He was an exceptional ambassador for the notarial profession with the Federation and believed strongly in the value of bringing Canada’s law societies together to share information and work collaboratively to improve legal regulation in the public interest. In 2016, Maurice was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Chambre des notaires du Québec for his exemplary contribution to the profession at both the provincial and national levels.
Maurice died on October 22, 2019. He will be remembered by all who were privileged to know him as a man who embraced all that life had to offer, and he did so with good humour, warmth and decency. The Federation extends its deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and many friends.