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Former Canadian President Pierre Boivin will lead McGill University

Former Canadian President Pierre Boivin will lead McGill University

Hockey fans already know him, but now former Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin is preparing to take on a completely different role, that of chancellor of McGill University.


The University of Montreal announced his appointment Thursday in a press release. Pierre Boivin will take office next July, succeeding John McCall McBain. The Chancellor was identified as “President Emeritus of McGill University”.

“I am honored to be chosen as Chancellor of McGill University,” said Mr. Boivin. I look forward to representing the university, as well as its exceptional community of students, professors, staff and alumni, in Quebec, Canada and around the world. »

Pierre Boivin served as president of the Montreal Canadiens from 1999 to 2011, in addition to president of the Canadiens Children's Foundation, which he founded in 2000.

He currently serves as Vice Chairman of Claridge Inc., having been President and CEO of this Montreal private investment firm for 12 years.

The announcement of Pierre Boivin's appointment comes in a context in which relations between Quebec and the province's English-speaking universities have become strained.

François Legault's government announced in October that Canadian students who will begin their English-language studies in Quebec in September 2024 will pay the government the equivalent of the cost of their training, $17,000 a year, instead of $9,000. This increase was eventually reduced from $17,000 to $12,000 two months later.

Quebec exits in Aussi starting from 2025, 80% of new books in a program in England at the Oral, in the first half of the cycle, the “Niveau 5” in the Quebec language for competition. in French.

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McGill, Concordia and Bishop's universities in Sherbrooke strongly condemned the measures.

Daily The Globe and Mail Last week I reported that applications for admission to McGill and Concordia University from students from other Canadian provinces were down 22% and 27% respectively compared to last year.

This is a decrease that the two universities attribute to the new prices announced by Quebec in December.

With Tommy Chouinard Journalismand the Canadian Press