July 15, 2013
Mr. Roger Demers FCA, ASC, was appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of 2 Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagotville QC in July 2013.
Honorary Colonel Demers is an administrator with various publicly traded companies and private firms. He has served as an administrator with the Canada Development Bank and the Laurentian Pilotage Authority and for 32 years has been a partner at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, an accounting and management consultancy firm. He was born in Lévis, Québec, on 19 August 1947. He began his career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in 1965 as an auditor. Honorary Colonel Demers completed his training as a chartered accountant at Université Laval in 1970 and subsequently held various positions in the company. He was responsible for the application of professional standards and staff training. He served as chair of the business lines committee and partner in charge of financial institutions. He also served as partner in charge of client files, business financing, and the design and implementation of manufacturing and distribution company management and control systems. In 1995, he was appointed vice-president for the Québec City/Chaudière-Appalaches region and until June 2007 oversaw the ten offices in the region and their 260 employees and partners.
Honorary Colonel Demers served on the board of directors of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton until 1 June 2007. He is an emeritus member of the Québec City committee of the Ordre des comptables agrées du Québec and a Fellow of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. He has played a significant role on local committees and boards of directors for many years. Notably, he has served as chair of the Fondation des amis de l'Aviation Royale du Canada, treasurer of the Société du patrimoine militaire de la Citadelle et du Royal 22ème Régiment, director of finance for the Comité de gouvernance des fêtes du 100*™ anniversaire du Royal 22ime Régiment, chair of the Board of Governors of the Fondation Communautaire du Grand Québec, chair of the Sage fundraising committee and president of numerous community foundations and organizations. He has served as president of the Cercle de la Garnison de Québec and treasurer of the Corporation du patrimoine et du Tourisme militaire de la région de Québec. Honorary Colonel Demers has also been involved in fundraising for the cadets of the Régiment de la Chaudière, the Bagotville Air Defence Museum and a dozen community organizations. And he received a Commander’s Commendation and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force in recognition of his service for four years until July 2011 as Honorary Colonel of 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at Valcartier QC. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and travel.