Honorary Colonel (HCol) Doug Annis was born January 17, 1941, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Air Marshal Clare Annis and Mrs. Fern Annis. Growing up in a military family, he spent his childhood in a number of places in Canada and around the world, including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and England.
After graduating cum laude in 1963 with a professional engineering diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology, HCol Annis joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a pilot. Upon completion of his flying training, he went on to fly multiple aircraft, including the CT-133 Silverstar, T-144 Tutor, F-86 Sabre and CF-104 Starfighter for the RCAF and Canadian Air Force (CAF) throughout Canada and Europe. He was also a United States Air Force exchange officer for three years, flying the F-100F Super Sabre and F-4D Phantom aircraft in England and Germany respectively. HCol Annis released from the CAF at the rank of major shortly after graduating from the Canadian Forces Staff College in 1974.
HCol Annis has been employed with Canadian Tire Canada since 1975, and over the years, he has held numerous chairmanships, regional portfolios and advisory positions within the organization. He is currently president of the Canadian Tire Senior Dealers Association.
On November 1, 2012, the Minister of National Defence officially appointed him Honorary Colonel for the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, the RCAF unit based at his fatherís namesake structure, the Clare L. Annis Building, at 8 Wing / CFB Trenton.