Montreal Gazette

Mcgill names former Habs president Boivin chancellor


Mcgill University will soon have a new chancellor — one whose name should be familiar to Canadiens fans.

Former Habs president Pierre Boivin has been appointed for a three-year term as Mcgill 21st chancellor starting July 1, the university said Thursday. Boivin will succeed John Mccall Macbain, whose term ends June 30.

Boivin's hiring caps a selection process launched last summer by Mcgill's nominating, governance and ethics committee. The university highlighte­d Boivin's “long-standing leadership in Quebec's charitable and business sectors, as well as his exceptiona­l ability to represent Mcgill with eloquent passion and grace.”

“Through his life and work, Pierre Boivin has made outstandin­g contributi­ons across the domains of business, sports and entertainm­ent in Quebec,” Mcgill president Deep Saini said. “I am confident that in his role as chancellor of Mcgill, he will serve our university with the same degree of commitment and integrity, reflecting our values and advancing our mission in all that he does.”

The chancellor is Mcgill's titular head and an ex-officio member of the board of governors. Duties associated with the position include presiding over convocatio­n and representi­ng the university at official functions.

Boivin is currently vice-chair of the board of Claridge Inc., the Bronfman family-owned investment firm that he led as chief executive for 12 years. He also serves as chair of both Metro Inc. and Solotech, and sits on the boards of the National Bank of Canada and Groupe CH. He was president of the Canadiens from 1999 to 2011.

Over the years, Boivin has chaired several foundation­s and fundraisin­g initiative­s in support of children and youth. He created the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation in 2000 and co-chaired the Fondation CHU Sainte-justine from 2006 to 2012.

Boivin was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009 and appointed a knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2017.

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