Alexis Nihon

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Alexis Louis Nihon
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Born (1902-05-15)May 15, 1902
Liège (Belgium)
Died April 8, 1980(1980-04-08) (aged 77)
Nassau, Bahamas
Occupation inventor and businessman
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Alice Robert Nihon
Children 5
Parent(s) Alexis Laurent Nihon
Marie Florentine Thiry

Alexis Louis Nihon, OBE (May 15, 1902 – April 8, 1980) was a Belgian-born Canadian inventor and businessman.

Biography[edit]

Born in Liège, Belgium, the son of Alexis Laurent Nihon and Marie Florentine Thiry, he moved to Canada when he was eighteen years old[citation needed].

In 1940, he started the glass manufacturer Compagnie industrielle du verre limitée (Industrial Glass Works Company Limited) in Saint-Laurent, Quebec; it was one of the few Canadian glass manufacturers during the Second World War.[1] He sold it in the 1940s[citation needed]. In 1946, he started Corporation Alexis Nihon (today Alexis Nihon REIT) that would later become one of the largest[citation needed] real estate companies in Canada.

He was married to Alice Robert Nihon[citation needed]. They had five children[citation needed]. He died at his home in Nassau, Bahamas[citation needed] in 1980.

In addition to the REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust), his name lives on as a major residential/commercial thoroughfare, Alexis Nihon Boulevard, and Alexis-Nihon Park, both in Saint-Laurent, and the Place Alexis Nihon shopping mall in downtown Montreal. It was built on one of his several tracts of land that he rented to developers.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Parliament. House of Commons, Debates: official report 4. Queen's Printer. p. 4013. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ Place Alexis Nihon. "Our Story". Retrieved 2010-06-14.