He had many interests and read extensively on subjects such as astronomy, physics and biology and he applied many of the principles he discovered to the management and structure of the firm.
He was a warm, generous, and friendly person. He believed in the power of teamwork and always made sure that the people that surrounded him were happy and fulfilled. He encouraged and mentored so many young architects that acknowledge a debt of gratitude towards him. He always liked to say that there was no ceiling at our firm. One could rise to the level they aspired to by applying themselves with diligence and hard work.
Roger G. Desmarais (1934-2018)
B. A&S, Université d'Ottawa, M. Arch., Université McGill
OAQ, FRAIC, AAPPQ, OAA
NEUF architect(e)s inherited and embraced the principles Roger Desmarais taught so well that among others included active listening, creating bonds that go beyond business, and having a positive can-do attitude. Our success today is due in large part to the application and evolution of these principles that are now part of our DNA.
We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Roger touched so many people with his intelligence, humour, and charisma. At NEUF architect(e)s we sense his wisdom every day as we practice our profession and carry on the trailblazing tradition he began almost fifty years ago.
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