Michael Gervais


May 20, 2022

Michel Gervais (born May 27, 1944 in Lévis and died May 8, 2022) was a Canadian university professor, 22nd rector of Laval University from 1987 to 1997.


Michel Gervais did his classical studies at the Collège de Lévis. He then studied theology and philosophy at Laval University and obtained a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin University in Rome. He was a professor at Laval University from 1966 to 2000, vice-rector for teaching and research from 1982 to 1987 and rector from 1987 to 1997. He is a recognized administrator in the Quebec region, in Canada and on an international scale. He received honorary doctorates from Bishop's, McGill, Manitoba and Montreal universities and was appointed an Officer of the National Order of Merit of France (1991), the Order of Canada (1993) and the National Order of Quebec (1999). During his term as rector, his peers elected him president of the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ), of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Francophone University Agency (AUF). After his rectorship, Michel Gervais became president of the University Commission on Programs, set up by the CRÉPUQ, then, in 2000, director of the Robert-Giffard Hospital Center and the Université Laval/Robert-Giffard Research Center (Institut university in mental health of Quebec), a position he left in 2008. He was president of the Quebec Association of Health and Social Services Institutions from 2012 to 2015. In 2018, he participated in a conference in tribute to Michel Guillou, in Lyon on December 14.


Participation in collective works

Christ, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Proceedings of the symposium on Christology, under the direction of R. Laflamme and M. Gervais, P.U.L. Quebec 1976University, research and society, colloquium for the 125th anniversary of Laval University, under the direction of Paul-N Bourque and Michel Gervais, Laval University, 1978. For the rebirth of Laval University. Report of the study commission on the future of Laval University, 1979, 348 pages (in collaboration). Permanent access to Laval University, 1981, 163 pages (in collaboration). first cycle. Quebec 1981 (60 pages) 147 pages (in collaboration). University organization. For the continuation of the Laval Project, Quebec 1982 87 pages (in collaboration). Theology at the university: conditions for successful integration, in The inscription of theology in the public and pluralist university, P.U.L., Quebec, 2004 , p.125-146. Furger, P, M. Gervais and F. Le Blanc, 33 true stories told by doctors, Volumes 1 and 2, Quebec, Éditions D&F, 2013.

Articles in refereed journals

Fundamental Theology and the Dogmatics of Revelation, in Laval Théologique et Philosophique, 26 (1970), p. 223-232.Note on the episcopal character, in Laval theological and philosophical, 28 (1972), p. 3-14. The analogy according to Saint Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. Critical note, in Laval theological and philosophical, 29 (1973), p. 187-192. Nature and grace in Saint Thomas Aquinas I, in Laval theological and philosophical, 30 (1974), p. 333-348. Nature and grace in Saint Thomas Aquinas II, in Laval theological and philosophical, 31 (1975), p. 293-321. The original sin according to Alfred Vanneste, in Laval theological and philosophical, 31 (1975), p. 75-84. Incarnation and divine immutability, in Revue des Sciences Religieuses (Strasbourg), 50 (1976), p. 215-243. The colloquium on gnosis and the library of Nag Hammadi, in Laval theological and philosophical, 35 (1979) p. 229-234. Original sin, an outdated dogma?, Pre