The Honorable Jacques Demers is a highly respected figure in the hockey world of North America for his past work as a coach and a journalist. Mr. Demers spent over twenty years behind the bench in the National Hockey League coaching teams such as the Québec Nordiques, the Detroit Red Wings, the St. Louis Blues and the Montreal Canadiens . Throughout his career, the teams he coached qualified for the playoffs on numerous occasions. He led the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup victory in 1993 and has twice been awarded the Jack Adams trophy for coach of the year. This gained recognition in the world of hockey led him to become a commentator for the RDS television channel in 1999, where he worked for many years as an analyst to the Montreal Canadiens’ games.
In 2005, Mr. Demers published his biography entitled En toutes lettres in which he reveals his long struggle with functional illiteracy to the Canadian public. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to the cause of children and adults’ literacy by getting involved with many charitable organizations working in this field. Senator Demers represents the Québec region of Rigaud in the Upper House . He has been married for over thirty years to Deborah Anderson and has four children.