George Brown President Dr. Gervan Fearon to deliver virtual address at St. Lucia’s Nobel Laureates Festival on January 20

George Brown College President Dr. Gervan Fearon will deliver a keynote address at a national celebration in St. Lucia honoring the legacies of the country’s Nobel laureates. The Nobel Laureates Festival, now in its 29th year, celebrates the accomplishments of St. Lucian laureates Sir Arthur Lewis (Economics, 1979), and Sir Derek Walcott (Literature, 1992). 

a photo of president Dr. Gervan Fearon
Dr. Gervan Fearon

Fearon, who has a strong background in economics and government policy, was chosen to give the 2022 Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture. His speech, The Future of Economic Growth and Development: Sir Arthur Lewis in the Twenty First Century, will be delivered virtually on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. (EST).  

The George Brown College community can stream the lecture live on Zoom using the following passcode: 202484. 

Sir Arthur Lewis was a pioneer and leader in development economics and helped to establish the Caribbean Development Bank. He served as the Vice-Chancellor to the University of West Indies among many other accomplishments. Read more about his work and continuing legacy.  

“I am tremendously honoured to be delivering the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture and to play a role in this important celebration,” Fearon said. “Lewis’s work continues to have a powerful influence on development economics and economic growth. He has inspired a generation of economists. His work was crucial and inspiring to my own development and career as an economist, a policy advisor and as a leader in the post-secondary education sector.” 

Fearon holds a PhD in economics from the University of Western Ontario and received his master’s and bachelor’s of science degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CGA) and Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D). Fearon was also co-founded of the Canada-Caribbean Institute that connects scholars from both regions to collaborate on economic, environmental and social issues.