As the semester comes to an end at McGill University, one group of men on campus has much to celebrate. On Sunday, April 29, twenty five men were welcomed into the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity with the re-colonization of Quebec Alpha. Originally founded in 1902, Quebec Alpha is the oldest Canadian Phi Delta Theta chapter. Those involved with the colonization ceremony gathered at the McLennan Library, and the ceremony was led by alumnus Brian Ker (McGill, ’02). There were several local Phi Delta Theta alumni in attendance including Colony Advisory Board (CAB) Chairman Ami Ben-Haim, McGill ’02. You could feel the emotion and enthusiasm in the room as everyone welcomed the group of men into the brotherhood as the Quebec Alpha Colony.
Although they were unable to attend the ceremony, Director of Canadian Services Liam McNally, McMaster ’15 and Leadership Consultant BJ Henderson, Wisconsin ’16 have worked to recruit and provide organizational assistance to the men of this colony since the beginning of the fall 2017 semester and were on campus throughout the month of January.
Throughout the recruitment process, the Expansion Team searched for individuals who will embrace the Phi Delta Theta values. They were able to find a diverse group of men who are leaders at McGill University. Collectively, the colony’s members have a 3.18 GPA which puts them in competition with fellow Greek organizations. The men held their first philanthropic event this semester, and they look to continue hosting various events in the next academic year.
There were several individuals who provided great assistance during the development of the colony. A special thank is in order for the Quebec Alpha Colony Advisory Board, Province President Phil Cantrill, Dalhousie ’00, Rob McInnes, Dalhousie ’85, Brian Ker, McGill ’02, and the many alumni in the area who will help develop this group.
April 29, 2018 is a date that every member of Quebec Alpha will remember as the Phi Delta Theta experience carries on at McGill. It will build upon the rich history of the Quebec Alpha Chapter and the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity.