William Brenton Boggs
|William Brenton Boggs|
18 December 1918|
Douglas, Arizona, USA
|Died||7 January 2011(aged 92)|
|Awards||Order of Canada
Order of the British Empire
Born in Douglas, Arizona, USA, on December 18, 1918, William Brenton (Bill) Boggs relocated to Noranda, Quebec with his parents in 1927. He graduated from McGill University, mechanical engineering, and became an Engineering Officer of the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. During his World War II service, he notably served as Senior Engineering Officer of 331 Wing of Wellington bombers dispatched to Tunisia, North Africa to support the Allied landings in Sicily and Italy, for which contributions he was appointed to the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1944.
Boggs' early civilian career included positions with Trans-Canada Airlines (1945-1950) and Canadair (1950-1957) before he joined Can-Car, a subsidiary of Hawker Siddeley Canada, and became vice president of Hawker Siddley. In 1965, he became President of de Havilland Canada (DHC). During this term, he was involved with the development of the 30-seat Dash-7 commuter aircraft. He then became President and eventually Chairman of Canada Systems Group (CSG), and, in 1983, President and CEO of The Canadian Data and Professional Service Organization.
Boggs was invited back to DHC in 1984, as Chairman, President and CEO, when that company was being prepared for privatization. When the Boeing Company bought DHC in 1986, Boggs became Vice Chairman of Boeing Canada. In 1987 he became Chairman of Field Aviation Holdings Inc. He remained there until he retired in 1995.
Honours and legacy
In addition to being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1944, Boggs was invested as an Officer into the Order of Canada in 1988. He became a Fellow of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) in 1967 and served twice as Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) (1967–68; 1987–88). In 1983 he was named Fellow of the Canadian School of Management. In 2003, he was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
- Oswald, Mary, They Led the Way, Wetaskiwin: Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame, 1999. ISBN 0-9684843-0-1