August 16, 2016
Gilles Demers

In Memoriam: Dr. Gilles Demers

It is with profound sadness that the CCAC announces the death of Dr. Gilles Demers. Gilles passed away near Montréal, QC, on August 10, 2016. Gilles had an outstanding career as a veterinarian, and worked for 22 years as an Assessment Director with the CCAC. He retired from the CCAC in 2015.

Gilles was a larger than life character who threw himself wholeheartedly into everything he did. He devoted considerable amounts of his energy to helping institutions and individuals across Canada improve the quality of their animal-based science programs. From his earliest days working with the CCAC, Gilles recognized the importance of building bridges with Canada’s animal-based science community and of using a collegial approach, ensuring assessment visits were formative in nature and resulted in positive changes for animals in science. Gilles also understood the importance of providing institutions with a recognizable symbol for achieving compliance with CCAC standards, and was responsible for instituting the CCAC Certificate of GAP – Good Animal Practice®.

A tireless advocate for animal welfare in science, Gilles served first as Secretary General of the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS) from 1999-2003, and then as its president from 2003-2011. He was recognized in 2013 as an ICLAS Honorary Member, and received numerous other national and international awards and accolades for his outstanding contributions to the field.

We know that Gilles touched many lives across Canada and across the world. The CCAC extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and to all our colleagues who knew him.

Your sympathy can be expressed in a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association. All those wishing to celebrate his life are welcome to join his family for the service on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., held at Salon funéraire Demers, 651, Laurier Blvd, McMasterville (Québec) J3G 0K5.