Dr Gervan Fearon – Outstanding Jamaican in Canada
Born in England in 1958 to Jamaican parents, Dr Gervan Fearon lived in May Pen for four years before moving to Canada in 1968 with his parents and siblings. He has BSc and MSc from the University of Guelph and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. Additionally, he is a Certified General Account.
Education has never left him. His teaching portfolio includes York University, the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario and the University of Guelph. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Fearon was the Associate Dean (Students) with responsibilities including supporting student recruitment and retention and contributing to initiatives aimed at improving student success. He also served as Master of Atkinson College at York University.
He is the recipient of the 2007 Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching for Atkinson at York University and the 2000 Professor of the Year Award from the Division of Management at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.
Gervan’s career has been shaped by a passion for education and the transformative opportunities it holds for individuals, demonstrated commitment to enhancing the student experience.
As the Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, he has supported the forging of partnerships initiatives with the Toronto Board of Trade, Ontario Interactive and the New York Institute of Finance and has also supported the involvement of the Chang School in the opening of the Regent Park Learning Centre.
Additionally, he has supported continued partnerships with the University of the West Indies as well as the University of Technology in Jamaica.
Dr. Fearon’s community development work includes being president of Tropicana Community Services and he is the recipient of the 2009 British Methodist Episcopal Church and Toronto Police Service Community Award; 2008 Marcus Garvey Memorial Award for Community Service, Planet Africa Television and Magazine, Canada; 2001 Volunteer Award, Tropicana Community Services Organization; and 1998 Volunteer Award, Higher Marks Educational Institution, Toronto.
Dr. Fearon was also installed as the 15th President of Brandon University (BU) in 2014 before a crowd including students, staff, provincial and federal politicians, Aboriginal leaders, and academics and University administrators from across Canada.
He has been appointed to a five-year term as President, ending July 31, 2019.
Contributed by Ashia Imani