Peter Meekison, PhD.
2013 Calgary Speaker
Peter Meekison, PhD.
Royal Roads University
Panel: "The Future of Canadian Universities"
Peter Meekison is an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria and has served as acting vice-president (academic) and provost at Royal Roads University. In 1996, he was named Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Political Science by the University of Alberta.
In the seventies, while on leave from the University of Alberta, Peter Meekison served as Deputy Minister of Alberta Federal and Intergovernmental Affairs, participating in numerous negotiations and conferences with other governments on programs such as Established Programs Financing and the National Energy Program. During constitutional negotiations from 1978 to 1981, Peter Meekison developed and prepared the formula, tabled by Alberta, which ultimately became the Amending Formula in the Constitution Act, 1982. From 1978 to 1980, Peter Meekison chaired the Committee of Offi cials on Natural Resources which involved the negotiation and preparation of consensus reports and draft texts that became Section 92A of the Constitution Act. As constitutional adviser to the Alberta government for more than 20 years, Peter Meekison was also actively involved in discussions leading to both the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords.
In 1984, Peter Meekison became vice-president (academic) at the University of Alberta and served in that role until 1991. From 1991 to June 1995, he held the Belzberg Chair in Constitutional Studies (Faculty of Law) at the University of Alberta where he had previously served as chair of the Political Science Department and associate dean of Graduate Studies. In 1993, he was appointed by the Government of Canada to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Peter Meekison has served as a member of the B.C. Task Force on Energy Policy and, from 2004 to 2009, served as public administrator of Okanagan University College, facilitating its transition into the University of British Columbia Okanagan and Okanagan College. He was on the inaugural Board of the newly-established British Columbia Safety Authority from 2004 -2008 and, in May 2005, was appointed to a panel reviewing fiscal imbalance in Canada.
Peter Meekison currently sits on the board of the Canada West Foundation, the Board of Royal Roads University and the Campus Alberta Quality Council. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (Queen’s University) and a Member of the Institute’s Advisory Council as well as a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute (Toronto) and a member of the Canadian Political Science Association.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Peter Meekison has received numerous awards and accolades including the Queen’s Golden and Silver Jubilee medals, the 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal and the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration for the Province of Alberta. He earned a B.A.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) in 1959 and a B.A. (Political Science and Economics) in 1961 from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. (Political Science) in 1962 from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. (Political Science) in 1966 from Duke University. In addition, he has received honorary degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia (Okanagan).