Michael Meighen, Q.C
Michael Arthur Meighen, Q.C., is a Canadian senator (retired), lawyer and philanthropist. A graduate of McGill University and University Laval (cum laude), he has practiced litigation and commercial law in both Montreal and Toronto.
Mr. Meighen was appointed to the Senate of Canada by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1990 representing Ontario, where he chaired the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. He also served on the National Security and Defence Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. He was a member of the Senate Special Joint Committee on Canada’s Defence Policy (1994) and the Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada. From 1985 to 1987, he acted as Co-legal Counsel on the Deschenes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals.
Mr. Meighen is an emeritus member of the McGill University Board of Governors, Director of the Peter Cundill Foundation, and Sentry Select Capital Corp. In January 2007, he was appointed as a Commissioner of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park by the Canadian Government.
Mr. Meighen and his wife, Kelly Meighen (nee Dillon), are both past Chairs of the Stratford Festival. In 2004, he was elected Chair of the Atlantic Salmon Federation (Canada) which promotes conservation efforts and also chairs the T. R. Meighen Family Foundation. He served as Chancellor of the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 2001 to 2013 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University and McGill University.