October 23, 1923 |
John Meisel, CC (born October 23, 1923) is a Canadian political scientist, professor, and scholar.
He matriculated from Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. He received his university training at Victoria College (U of T), attended the University of Toronto and the London School of Political Science and Economics, University of London. He has taught at Queen's University since 1949, where he is a professor emeritus. He served on the Ontario Advisory Committee on Confederation in 1965.
He has written extensively on various aspects of politics, notably on parties, elections, ethnic relations, politics and leisure culture, and, at the beginning of his academic career, international politics. He has been a pioneer in Canada of research on electoral behaviour, political parties and the relationship between politics and leisure culture, particularly the arts. Throughout his career he has examined the cohesion (or its absence) of the Canadian communities. He has also lectured and written about regulation, broadcasting, telecommunications, and the information society.
In 1975, he was a consultant for the Trilateral Commission's report Crisis of Democracy. From 1980 to 1983 he was Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. From 1992 until 1995, he was the 103rd President of the Royal Society of Canada.
In 1989 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada; promoted to Companion in 1999.
In addition to his significant contributions to Canadian university research and public communications, Dr Meisel is very well known for his philanthropy in Kingston, Ontario the home of Queens University. One of his most dramatic gifts was his 50-hectare property near Crow Lake north of Kingston. This picturesque parcel of Precambrian Shield land was donated to the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation in 2000 as a sanctuary of peace and quiet for the residents of Eastern Ontario. The property is called the Meisel Woods Conservation Area. Over the years, modest improvements and public safety features have been installed. A commemorative trail called the Sandi Slater Memorial Walk has been added by the Foundation through gifts to the Sandi Slater trail project. This trail is in memory of a neighbor friend who used to love walking in the woods until her untimely death in 2003.
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