Hello Bill — I just finished reading and really enjoying “Miles to Millions”. Thank you for writing this.
Chris Grant, , Businessman

I really enjoyed reading your book.

Congratulations for a life well-lived and the story of that life well-told.

You certainly “filled the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds of distance run,” I enjoyed your writing style just as much as the content. It reminded me of Raymond Chandler’s detective stories in many ways, and some of your one-liners are as good as his, especially in “The Repo Man.”

Malcolm Mcculloch , Captain AC ret.
I really enjoyed reading your auto biography…it was a very interesting easy read and quite enjoyable. You are a good story teller.
Doug Loughran, Businessman, Vancouver
I would like to congratulate you on your book-it’s an enthralling read.
W. Flynn, ATC

Hi Bill. Just finished reading your book. Loved it. It reminded me of many of my own experiences (especially the MURBS we developed) but certainly not as exciting as your life. All the best.

Charles M. Loopstra, QC. Toronto

What a great read! Once I hit the Funk I was hooked. It became a real page turner. It goes without saying Bill, you’re a bit of an overachiever. What a great life…thanks for sharing.

Captain Rod Skelton, retired. A/C

Bill, I did post a review. I truly enjoyed it, but due to my lack of skills in the financial areas, the aviation-related stories were the highlight. You are certainly a talented writer.

Grant Corriveau, Captain, Retired.

Bill, We have recommended your book highly to numerous friends and am so glad it has received this award. Well Deserved. It’s not just the writing of it, but the living of it. Knowing you, I can always imagine how the young Bill Grenier dealt with these adventures. As I said before: Boffo Book

Greg Vach, Atlanta, Georgia

Dear Bill:
I have finally found the time to finish the book.  It was terrific!  I thought it was heart-felt, informative and very well-written.
I was particularly taken with the account of your adventures in Mississippi.  My father was from Natchez, and Ann and I go there every Thanksgiving for a family reunion.  Most of the family, however, is fortunately not the same as your sheriff.
I have always been fascinated by air travel, and really appreciated your detailed discussion of learning to fly and developing as a pilot, machine by machine.  Fortunately, your style mad it easy for a layman to understand (almost) everything.
Your real estate ventures were also fascinating, and again clear enough for those of us not in the business to understand the incentives and pressures involved in real estate.
All-in-all, a real joy to read.

Joe Snyder, U.S. Foreign Service officer, Retired

In reading your memoir Bill, what truly stands out for me is how you were able to put all of the negativity of your early years behind you and simply forged straight ahead to one success after another. Only a clear thinker who believed in himself could succeed against the obstacles that confronted you. I loved the part where you simply refused to play along with being the frightened little ” Ca-nay-jun ” and instead took right-full possession of the Cessna. What a great story- I loved your guts to not cower to a bully!

Bruce Abbott, Vancouver

Bill, I just finished reading your book. I wanted to jot a note and tell you that I really enjoyed it, it was a delight to read. Congratulations. Happy landings, Chris Evans, Captain, Retired.

Chris Evans, Captain, Retired. Lynden WA.

Hi Bill,
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the book.  Had trouble putting it down at times!  Thanks for a great read!

Marty Slater, Pilot and Aircraft builder

Hello Bill, I’m not surprised by the award. Congratulations!!. I thoroughly enjoyed your book. It would be an inspiration to aspiring young pilots and hopeful Captains of Industry.
As one who took the easy route via the military, I could appreciate your struggle and determination.

Willis, Captain, Retired

Bill, you are to be congratulated for your ethics and your honest dealings with the pilot group and other investors – I wish that I might have known you then!
Again, thanks for a wonderful read.

Rodger Miners, Captain, Retired, AC.

It was a very good read and enjoyed it very much. You are an excellent writer and I expect you may have another book in the offing.

Robert Mitchell, AC Captain, Retired

Bill, I hope everyone finds it as enjoyable to read as I did…You have enjoyed a unique career for an airline pilot, but very rewarding and you should feel proud of your achievements. Many thanks Bill. As a Pagebrook investor I never doubted your ability.

CAPTAIN CHARLES SIMPSON, Director, Flight Operations, Air Canada. Retired.

Bill, your book was such an excellent read. What a fascinating story. Thank you for sharing your past in print. It is truly inspiring. Your writing strikes a wonderful balance between humility in lessons hard learned vs. confidence and conviction in the principals that lead to your success. This is the hallmark of a great biography in my opinion. Thanks again for sharing your story.


All I can say is “wow!! “… I am not a big reader at all but not only was it an easy read, your book held my interest and the more I read, the more amazed I was of the many trials, tribulations, sheer determination and inner strength you had throughout your life. Very impressive! I just wanted to say “hello” and how much I enjoyed your book … such an inspiration.

JANICE KAZOR, Air Canada Pilots Association, Winnipeg

Bill got a call from a friend re your book. Needless to say, as soon as I got off the phone I downloaded onto my iPad and haven’t been able to put it down! Just finished and I really enjoyed it! Well done Bill!

Hello Bill, Greeting from Winnipeg. Just a quick note to tell you I just finished reading your book “From Miles to Millions” and to say how much I enjoyed it.
What a wonderful read. Knowing the author makes it a ‘living’ book and I found it hard to put down. With a personal interest in aviation and my day job with small business and entrepreneurs, I identified with so many of your observations and learnings but felt humbled by what you have accomplished and experienced in your lifetime. I firmly believe many of today’s budding entrepreneurs would benefit from reading your book. It would be most aspirational for them.

Meet Bill Grenier, a captain not only of jumbo jets but also of finance, who wore both hats with equal panache and succeeded brilliantly in both of these demanding milieux with his secret recipe of skill, discipline, prudence — and luck.This delightful memoir ranges from nail-biting aviation exploits (hence “miles”) to nail-biting business adventures (hence “millions”). In his dual captainship, Bill proved his mettle at the helm of airliners as well of corporations. He is a great story teller as well. His narrative is both captivating and occasionally, very funny. It seems there are many more great stories out there that haven’t been told yet. Lucky for us, Bill told his.


I did receive your book. Well you scoundrel, you got me hooked! I did poke around it for and hour or so, and then got so fascinated I went back to the beginning and read the first 200 pages! It’s fun, engaging, well written.The idea of starting with the three stories and then getting into your early life was quite clever. Your first story with the double cockpit crises had its tension even though I knew you would have worked through it, but in telling the story you were able to describe a lot of what a commercial pilot goes through in carrying out his job, and that made it very interesting for me. The second anecdote, the repo one was a real hoot! (I’ve retold it a few times since reading it.) The Mascan affair, was interesting to read in detail and of course reflected that other non-pilot life of yours that that had been emerging in your life for a while.Your style is fluid and pulls one along easily.

KEN POWELL, Author of Reflections, an autobiography of Kenneth Pearce

Enjoying your book.  And thinking of the many hundreds of hours that I sat by your side in The Mighty Eight. It was an honour, every minute. Warmest Regards, Scott

Dear Bill, I had the opportunity to read your book on my vacation to Antigua, It was a fun read, thanks very much.
FREDRICK S. EATON, Chairman T. Eaton Company
HI Bill:  My Wife wouldn’t let me start reading your book until Dec.25 as it was a Christmas present so, I got a late start. When I started the read I could hardly put it down. At about the three-quarters mark I realized this excellent book would soon be over so I slowed down and paced myself. I finally finished just minutes ago and want to say that you have produced a masterpiece.Thank-you.
BILL HUXLEY, Private Pilot
Bill, I just finished reading your book. I wanted to jot a note and tell you that I really enjoyed it, it was a delight to read. Congratulations on your book. Happy landings.
Just finished your book. What a great read! Now we come to the mystery. Why was C-FUNK in Hamilton and what did we do to it? I can picture the a/c and I certainly remember the registration, but for the life on me I can’t remember what we did to the a/c. Now that was 30 odd years ago so you may not remember either, but if you do I would appreciate a brief update.
BOB MANN, A/E mechanic who worked in Hamilton when the second Funk was imported
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed your book.Had trouble putting it down at times! Thanks for a great read!
MARTY SLATER, Pilot and aircraft builder

“Loved your book. The energy that jumped off each page revealed that you have already lived the life of 10 men. It was a relaxing read, though very inspiring. Waiting to hear about your next book”.

PAM NEMENY, Australia

HI Bill, I absolutely loved your book, very beautiful, very much enjoyed; write another one!

BRYAN DIXON, Captain (retired)

I received the book in excellent condition and found it to be an outstanding read. I went through the first 480 pages in a few days and enjoyed every minute of your story. Finally I was very impressed by the integrity you showed in all of your business affairs. Congratulations on your success and may good fortune continue to follow you.


I just returned from a week off in Hawaii. I was saving your book to take with me and read while I was there,….. I must say I enjoyed it thoroughly, to the point that I could not put it down at times!! The two topics (real estate and flying) hit the mark for me as well.

TYLER GERTZEN, Tyler Aviation, Kamloops BC

Just finished reading “miles to millions”. > I know a fair amount about flying but very little about real estate developing. I found every chapter interesting and most enjoyable. Well done, Bill.

JACK CHAMBERS, Captain, Air Canada (retired)

Very ” readable” and interesting from beginning to finish. So much fun in this narrative. I enjoyed and rejoiced in the antics and accomplishments of the young pilot who became more successful than he ever dared dream. You are a true story teller, Bill.


Bill, in my retired years, reading seems to be consumed by student papers and related professional material. Your book is way more interesting. The lens I bring to reading your book is one of leadership, an area of some expertise and passion. As you can imagine, the opening story of Bill sitting in the Captain’s chair, making life and death decisions about crew and passengers caught my interest, but for me it was all about the leadership and not the aviation skills that made it heart pounding. The book is truly a leadership story about a character that literature defines as a heroic leader. Not heroic in the traditional sense of the word, but rather in terms of strength of character, work ethic, risk taking, reward orientation, and organizational impact. It is a great leadership read!


Hi Bill, The book arrived in fine condition and on time, thank you. It is brilliant and should be required reading for every student pilot that has had the desire to fly. It is an inspiration for all of us to tell our own story.
Best regards,

RICK FOUND, Captain, Air Canada (retired)

Hi Bill I thoroughly enjoyed your book. Let alone the excellent content, it was a memory catalyst for some of my own experiences long since forgotten. I enjoyed my time flying with you. You are no doubt responsible for some of my professional shaping which is good or bad depending on whom you speak with. I am very proud of your accomplishments. You have moved the profession up a notch. I really do marvel at what you have done with your life. Well done! All the best.


This is truly a fascinating book on the life of an airline pilot in postwar Canada when the airline industry was beginning its climb to prominence in world travel. Captain Grenier has captured the time, with remarkable clarity and memory, of his life in Winnipeg and the start of a wonderful journey in aviation and the business world. His very readable and very hard-to-put-down book will captivate and bring to life anyone who loves aviation. Fond memories of “the good old days”.


Bill, I have just finished the 548 pages of your book. Very interesting indeed. The parts regarding aviation were so interesting, for obvious reasons. The business world items were as well, although far removed from my knowledge and lack of business talent. Thanks for the great read and the memories recalled. I’m proud to have shared a few cockpits with you on the DC-9 and DC- 8.


Captain J. Desmarais An exciting book. It can’t help but be because the real estate business is fascinating. And complex. “Grenier deftly gets that across, tying in the legal and accounting sides inseparable from any big real estate deal. He shows us the interplay of personalities, the jockeying, the bluffing. It must have been fun, indeed.” I was fascinated by the real estate business, knowing nothing about it. Bill explains it well for the layman. He says he kept going at it, in spite of the pressures, the two jobs, the family, because it was so much fun. I can easily believe that. I think, knowing him, the challenge was a big part. After a while airline flying, when you have no difficulty doing it, has little challenge. Still immensely pleasurable, though. I finish with my book reviewer hat on. “The public should enjoy that book; there are two exciting disciplines described there, each with its thrills and dangers. What it took was a guy who could tell us about those worlds in an engaging way. Grenier does that and he does it well.


An inspirational story of triumph over adversity, of determination in the face of overwhelming odds, and of the personal journey of a man with uncommon wisdom and integrity. This uplifting and entertaining saga of a Newfoundland boy who went from boarding schools to Air Canada Captain to successful developer will leave you chuckling and wanting more. A fascinating tale well told!

STUART LANG, Senior Counsel Alexander Holburn Beaudin+Lang

Captain Bill Grenier immerses readers in this absorbing and fast-paced book which intertwines aviation with his business acumen as a real estate and marine investor. Anecdotes from his odyssey as a fledging pilot in a Funk light airplane, a stint as a pilot for GE and his career with Air Canada grab attention. As a bold negotiator and persuader, Bill melded two disciplines into one very successful career. As his boss, I can attest to his exceptional skills! A terrific read!

CAPTAIN R.A.C. DENNIS, Director, Flight Operations, Air Canada (retired)

In today’s conventional wisdom, Bill Grenier would have had little hope of prospering in Canadian society. But this book is filled with anecdotes that are at times funny, poignant and fulfilling of the human spirit. Demonstrating courage, character, and hard work, Bill’s story provides more than enough evidence that dreams can overcome adversity. Within these pages you will fly with him, spot opportunities missed by others, and find out how he lived two uniquely fulfilling careers. An absorbing and interesting read which describes activities outside the bounds of most readers’ experiences.


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