In honour of the Champlain Saint-Lambert’s 50th anniversary, the college has followed up with 50 of its alumni to see where their paths have led after their time in Cegep. These 50 former students have gone on to accomplish amazing things and their paths show just how much is possible for a Champlain grad.
The president and CEO of CF Montreal once sported the Cavaliers jersey.
Gabriel Gervais was named President and CEO of CF Montreal (formerly the Montreal Impact) in 2022. A retired defender for the team, Gervais is a Montreal native who knows the game inside and out.
Gervais (Science, 1995) was a star soccer player at Champlain Saint-Lambert before he started to play professionally.
When asked what he remembers from his Cegep days, Gervais said: “The top education that I got at the college. The great friendships I developed that still stand today as well as the fun and success I had representing the Cavaliers on the soccer pitch.”
After Champlain, Gervais attended Sycaruse University where he completed a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master’s in Engineering and continued to play soccer with the Sycaruse Orange.
He graduated in 2001 and was signed to play professional soccer in Montreal a year later.
Gervais played with the team from 2002 to 2008, won championships in 2005 and 2006 and earned several awards.
He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2006, and won the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy in 2004, awarded to the most valuable player.
Gervais was also named Defender of the Year in the USL First Division in 2003, 2004 and 2006, becoming the first player in the league to win that award three times.
After he retired from his pro career, Gervais completed an MBA at McGill University and took a job as a senior manager with Deloitte in 2009. He worked there 12 years and also worked as a broadcast soccer analyst for Radio-Canada four five years.
In 2022, Gervais was made the President and CEO of the newly rebranded FC Montreal.
Gervais’ advice for current students and recent grads: “Do what you love! Do it with passion! And think of the legacy that you’re leaving behind!”