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Gervais, P. André

  • PAG1
  • Person
  • 1932-2016

P. André Gervais earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College in 1954. Gervais joined the Concordia Board of Governors in June 1983, was elected Vice-Chair in 1985, Chair in 1987, and stepped down in September 1992. He continued to sit on sub-committees of the Board of Governors, namely the Personnel and Communications committees. Gervais passed away on August 14, 2016.

  • Marc Gervais -P. André Gervais’s bother- graduated from Loyola College in 1950 and went on to become a Communication Studies professor at Concordia.
  • Gervais chaired an ad hoc committee that reviewed the search for and evaluation of senior Concordia administrators and produced a report that was approved in May 1984.
  • Gervais read the citation at the spring 1986 convocation ceremony for honorary degree recipient Robert Choquette.
  • Gervais was the special guest at the reception following the annual general meeting of the Toronto chapter of the Concordia University Alumni Association on May 5, 1988.
  • At the April 1992 Senate meeting, Gervais was asked to answer questions about the much-argued rejection of a candidate chosen by the Advisory Search Committee for Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Administration. Mohsen Anvari had then been “officially informed” that the committee had “unanimously recommended” him as Dean before Christopher A. Ross was announced as Dean. Gervais explained that the delay in making the announcement had been caused by an “unprecedented” review of the findings of the Advisory Search Committee.
  • Gervais was behind an extensive review of University evaluation and search committees that was launched in the fall of 1991 and chaired by then Vice-Chairman Reginald K. Groome. The Ad Hoc Committee on the Revision of the Composition, Rules and Procedures of Evaluation Committees and Advisory Search Committees published its report in December 1992.
  • In 1991, Gervais completed the first major revision of University by-laws.
  • During his tenure as Chair, Gervais chaired the ad hoc committee in charge of examining revisions to the Board of Governors standing committees. As a result of Gervais’s recommendations, the number of committees was reduced from 18 to 13.
  • Gervais received Concordia University Alumni Association’s highest honour, the Award of Merit, at the Alumni Recognition Awards reception on January 19, 1995.
  • Gervais received the honour of Governor Emeritus in June 1996.
  • Gervais was named Trustee of the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation in 2001.
  • The P. André Gervais Graduate Scholarship in Theological Studies was inducted at the Graduate Awards Breakfast on December 2, 2003. The award was one of 10 named endowments in the Gold Scholarship Bank created by Harriet and Abe Gold in honour of several of their friends.