Paul Labbe

Paul Labbé

Saturday, March 11th, 1939 - Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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On November 27th, Paul E. Labbé passed away peacefully after a seven year battle with myelofibrosis. Paul was a principled man of high energy and big ideas who led by example.

Loved by all, a devoted husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Grace, his five children, Paule (Nik Nanos), Marc (Jaqui Cadieux), Phil (Lisa Jamrozinski), David (Emily Borse), Robert (Mary Ellis) and his 13 grandchildren James, Jordan, Greg, Bernadette, Paul, Marc, Norman, Liam, Evelyn, Arthur, Margot, Edwin and Francis. Predeceased by his brother Marc, his sister Margot, and beloved granddaughter Reese. He leaves behind his sisters Lucille Simard and Suzanne Labbé, and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

Born in Buckingham, Quebec to Dorothy Gorman-Labbé and Judge Arthur Labbé, Paul graduated from McGill University in 1964 with a degree in law.
He started his career as a Trade Commissioner in the Canadian Embassy in Paris (1966-69), then served as chief of staff to the Hon. Jean-Luc Pépin, Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (1969-72). He was a founding member of Interimco, a private international trading company (1972-80). He returned to the federal government to run the Canadian Industrial Renewal Board. In 1985, he was appointed to establish and lead Investment Canada. He was President of Export Development Canada (1991-97) and Chairman and CEO of Citibank Canada (1997-2000). In his retirement, he served on several public and nonprofit boards, including as Director of the Dundee Wealth Bank, President of the Rideau Club, Chair of the Schulich School of Business International Advisory Council, on the Saint Patrick’s Basilica restoration committee, and Pallium Canada.
Paul was a devout Catholic, with an appetite for intellectual pursuits. He was happiest pushing the limits of conventional road travel, cutting a rug with his wife, playing shinny hockey with his grandchildren and enjoying a good meal with family.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) Ottawa, on Tuesday, December 3rd from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Funeral Mass to be Celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Basilica, 220 Kent Street (at Nepean) Ottawa, on Wednesday, December 4th , 2019 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please become a blood donor.
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  • Visitation

    December 3, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    December 3, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
    315 McLeod Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1A2
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  • Second Visitation

    December 3, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    December 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry
    315 McLeod Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1A2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    December 4, 2019 | 10:00am
    December 4, 2019 10:00am
    Saint Patrick's Basilica, Ottawa
    281 Nepean St
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Private Condolence

James MacLaren

Posted at 08:44am
Our sincerest sympathy to Suzanne and the entire Labbe Family on the recent loss of Paul..

Arthur and Nicole Perron

Posted at 05:51am
Chère Grace,
It is with great sadness that we received the news of Paul's passing. Our days together go back to Paris on our first postings, what fun we had in this beautiful city! Luc was born just after Marc and I remember the great walks in Champ de Mars.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We are abroad at this time and regret that we are unable to attend his funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Richard Whitty

Posted at 11:12am
My condolences to your family at a difficult time. I had the pleasure to work for Mr. Labbe at EDC. He was a true gentleman that was consistently kind and respectful to his colleagues at all levels. He had a big positive impact and will be very much missed.

Deborah and Patrick Brean

Posted at 02:16pm
Please accept our deepest sympathies on Paul's passing. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time.


Posted at 01:58pm
Dear Paule & Nik, heartfelt condolences to you and to your entire family at this difficult time.
Jennifer, Greg, Gaby & Amaya.

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