Michael Gervais | The Journal of Quebec

Michael Gervais

1944 – 2022

At the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, on May 8, 2022, at the age of 77 years and 11 months, Mr Michel Gervais, the adored husband of Lady Martine Drouin, died peacefully. He was the eldest son of the late Lady Ghyslaine Gosselin and the late Mr Paul Gervais.

The family welcomes you for a condolence during a solidarity meeting

Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 12 noon to 2 pm,
in the basilica-cathedral
Our Lady of Quebec,
16, rue de Buade, Quebec, Qc G1R 4A1


The religious service led by Monsignor Marc Pelchat will follow at 2 p.m. The ashes will be interred in the Belmont cemetery under the direction of the

Memorial Services
Pierre Dupont
Rue Ste-Marguerite 51
Beaupre, Quebec G0A 1E0


In addition to his beloved wife Martine, he leaves his children: Rachel (Gregory Moskal), Marie-Claire (Ève-Catherine Desjardins), Paul, Guillaume (Marianne Makhlouf), Françoise (Christian Geissler) and he was the father of the late Justine; his grandchildren: Adam Moskal, Marguerite, Henri and Augustine Gervais, Caleb Geissler as well as the mother of his children, Ghislaine Breton; his siblings, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law: Richard (Claire Jacques), Denyse (Pierre Dugal), Alain (Michelle Richard), Louis (Claire Poulin), Catherine (Matthew Costello), and Benoît; are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law from the Drouin family: Louise, Diane (Pierre Bélanger), Sophie (Dr Philippe Furger), Michel (Sonia Paradis) and Louis. He also leaves behind several uncles, aunts, cousins, cousins, as well as several friends and colleagues.

After his studies at the Collège de Lévis, Michel Gervais obtained a license in theology and a license in philosophy at the Université Laval, followed by a doctorate in theology at the Université Saint-Thomas d’Aquin “Angelicum” in Rome. When he became professor of theology at the Université Laval in 1968, he quickly rose through the ranks of a university career as a teacher and researcher, and was the author of numerous publications. In 1977, the university’s management asked him to become a member of the Study Committee on the Future of Laval University, then as director of the “Laval Project”. Rector Jean-Guy Paquet then invited him to become Vice-Rector for Education and Research, after which he himself was elected Rector of the University, a position he held from 1987 to 1997. These years were marked by great progress for Laval in all areas, especially in research with the university rising to 6th place among Canadian universities. mr. Gervais also changed the decision-making structure of Université Laval by creating a real board of directors.

During his tenure as Rector, Mr. Gervais was also elected President of the Conference of Rectors and Directors of the Universities of Quebec (CRÉPUQ), of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and of the Association of Partially or Entirely in French (AUPELF), which became the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie under his rule.

At the end of his term at the university, Michel Gervais was appointed Director General of the Robert-Giffard Hospital Center, which he helped transform from an insane asylum into a university mental health institution, one of the largest in the world in the fields of neurology and mental health. † During his tenure, he was elected president of the Quebec Association of Health and Social Services Establishments (AQESSS). He was also a member of the board of directors of the CSSS de la Vieille-Capitale and the Center hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).

At strategic points in their development, many charities and non-profit organizations have welcomed him as chairman or board member. Let’s mention: the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), the Collège de Lévis, the “Succession René-Richard”, the Association of Burn Victims FLAM, the President of Psychiatry, the Carrefour international de théâtre, the CASA Center Foundation, the Economic Commission of the Archdiocese of Quebec, the Quebec Suicide Prevention Center, the “Women, Politics and Democracy” Group, the Saint-Alphonse Fraternity, the Charlevoix Geosphere Observatory, the Fiducie des Augustines, the Popular Printing and the newspaper “Le Devoir “. For more than 20 years he was a member of the strategic council of Saint-Joseph University in Beirut.

In the corporate sector, Michel Gervais served on the board of directors of many private and public companies, notably Industrial Alliance, insurance and financial services, where he served for almost 20 years, including several years as chairman of the audit committee.

Many honors have been awarded to Michel Gervais. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, of the French National Order of Merit, of the Order of Quebec, received honorary degrees from Bishop’s, McGill, Manitoba, and Montreal Universities, and was inducted into the Academy of Great Quebecers.

The family would like to thank everyone who has supported him directly or indirectly during his illness.

Michel insisted on sharing with you the following references, on the basis of which, according to him, all theology could be taught:

“Love one another as my Father has loved you!”
“God so loved the world that he sent his son that we might live with him”


That any sign of sympathy results in a donation to the Fondation de l’Université Laval, 2325, Rue de l’Université, Québec, Québec G1V 0A6 ulaval.ca/fondation/donner/

and/or Fondation Collège de Lévis, 9, rue Monseigneur-Gosselin, Lévis, Quebec G6V 5K1 fondationcollegedelevis.com

and/or Fondation CERVO, 2601, chemin de la Canardière J-9000, Québec, Québec G1J 2G3 fondationcervo.com

and/or Father André Morency, La Fraternité Saint Alphonse, 3812, bul. Sainte-Anne, Quebec, (Quebec) G1E 3M3, 418-821-0806.

Those who wish can casually express their condolences.
through our website at www.scpdupont.ca.
Email: pdupont@scpdupont.ca
For information: 418-827-2212

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