Gervan Fearon began his term as President and Vice-Chancellor in August 2017. Before joining Brock, he served at Brandon University as President and Vice-Chancellor, and as Provost and Vice-President Academic.
Prior to his time at Brandon, Fearon served several other academic positions, including as Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University; as Associate Dean at York University’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies; as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington; and as an Associate Professor at York University.
Fearon received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, after having received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation and an ICD.D designation. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and several other awards.
His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Public Economics and the Canadian Journal of Economics and Industrial Relations-Relations Industrielles Quarterly Review.
Besides academic achievements, his career includes several years in the Ontario government in roles as a senior analyst at Treasury Board Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and as an executive assistant to Deputy Minister and Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
He is passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional development and has served on numerous community boards and helped champion significant community development initiatives.
He currently serves on the Governance Committee of Universities Canada, the Executive Committee of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the Board of United Way Niagara, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, and as Chair of the Education Committee of the BlackNorth Initiative. Previous activities include serving as Chair of COU’s Budget and Audit Committee, President of Tropicana Community Services and as a member of Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council.