Dennis DesRosiers, one of Canada’s foremost automotive experts, has sold his remaining shares in DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, the Toronto-area company he created, and considers himself more than 90 per cent retired.
He made the announcement on his Facebook page Thursday.
DesRosiers sold his remaining shares to his business partner, Andrew King. The two of have worked together since 1985.
“I’m only about 90-per-cent-plus retiring as I will stay on as a consultant, working exclusively for the company, doing special project work,” DesRosiers said in the Facebook post.
During his 52-year career, DesRosiers has been called to the courts as an expert witness. He said will continue to do so, if asked.
DesRosiers said his retirement “has been a long time in the making.”
“About 10 years ago, I turned the day-to-day operations over to Andrew and the company has thrived under his direction,” DesRosiers said. “I expect the same in the future.
“He is as knowledgeable about the sector as myself, so clients will continue to be well served by Andrew and his team.”
DesRosiers began to wind down his career when COVID-19 arrived last year.
“Since COVID started, I’ve done less than about a month’s work and found that the transition away from the day-to-day focus on the industry has been relatively painless,” he said. “You might say, ‘COVID made me do it.’ "
Since spending most of his time at his country house, away from the bright lights and big city, DesRosiers said he embraced woodworking and gardening.
“These have provided me with plenty to fill my time and a lot of personal satisfaction,” he said.