Massey College is an independent postgraduate residential college associated with the University of Toronto, established in 1963 with an endowment by the Massey Foundation. Similar to All Souls College, Oxford, members of Massey College are elected by and as fellows of the college. The college is well-connected with prominent figures of the national establishment, and is the sponsor and host of the annual Massey Lectures. It hosted the Man Booker International Prize of 2007.

Massey College was conceived by Vincent Massey, the 18th Governor General of Canada who attended University College as an undergraduate. Of the establishment of a new graduate college, Massey wrote, "It is of great importance that it should, in its form, reflect the life which will go on inside it and should possess certain qualities"dignity, grace, beauty, and warmth." The Massey Foundation, for which Vincent Massey served as a trustee, provided the financial endowment. Opened in 1963, the college was designed by Canadian architect Ron Thom, who subsequently designed the master plan for Trent University. Alan Beddoe designed the Massey College coats of arms. The founding Master of Massey College (1963”“1981) was the celebrated Canadian journalist and author Robertson Davies, CC. Professor J. N. Patterson Hume, CM, was the second Master (1981”“1988) and Professor Ann Saddlemyer, OC, the third (1988”“1995). The fourth and current Master (1995”“ ) is the distinguished journalist John Fraser, CM. Massey is home to an ecumenical worship space, St. Catherine's Chapel, the interior of which was originally designed by stage designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The Chapel features an 18th-century Russian iconostasis and a baroque-style pipe organ. The chapel was extensively redesigned in 2006 by the College architects, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe and rededicated in June 2007. During the 2006-2007 academic year, the College hosted the King and Queen of Sweden, held a special tribute in honour of its Founding Master, Robertson Davies, and was the host of the Man Booker International Prize in April 2007.

Junior Fellows are postgraduate students of the University of Toronto, either in the study of art and sciences subjects or a professional discipline such as law or medicine. Resident Junior Fellows generally live in the college for up to three years before becoming non-resident Junior Fellows for another two years. Typically, about sixty Junior Fellows are resident and another sixty are non-resident. Each year, new prospective Junior Fellows apply to the college to be elected by the governing corporation. Journalism Fellows are distinguished Canadian and international journalists in mid-career who are selected annually by a special committee that includes the president of the University of Toronto, the master of Massey College, and other members appointed by them. Journalism Fellows stay at the college for one academic year from September to May. The college participates in the Canadian Journalism Fellowship Program (formerly known as the Southam Fellowship) and the Scholar-at-Risk program for international scholars caught in sectarian, political or religious intolerance. Additionally, the college hosts a writer-in-residence chosen each year by the college and the University of Toronto's department of English. Senior Fellows are elected from members of the University of Toronto faculty and other individuals who represent the academic and professional interests of the university. Senior fellows can serve as members of the governing corporation. The college also hosts visiting academics, generally on sabbatical leave, who are given the title of Senior Residents. In addition, the chancellors of the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford (currently Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Patten of Barnes) both serve as Distinguished Honorary Fellows. After long and meritorious service to the college, Senior Fellows may be elected as Continuing Senior Fellows, which are lifetime appointments. As of 2010, notable Senior Fellows of the college include John Polanyi, Ursula Franklin, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margaret Atwood, Sir Christopher Ondaatje, James Orbinski, Michael Valpy, Janice Stein, Michael Bliss, Anthony Pawson, Justice Rosalie Abella and Bob Rae.

Massey College operates as a charity that is legally registered with the Canada Revenue Agency charities directorate as The Master and Fellows of Massey College. The governing body of Massey College is its corporation, composed of 26 Senior Fellows and chaired by the master of the college, with the president of the University of Toronto and the dean of graduate studies both serving as ex-officio members. Additionally, three other ex-officio members are nominated to the governing corporation by the Massey Foundation. Massey College relies on income derived from its own endowments and endowments held for its purposes by the University of Toronto, supplemented by other income from its catering facilities and summer rental programs. The Visitor is the ceremonial and constitutional head of the college. Officers of the college, who report to the master, include the bursar, the registrar, the administrator and the librarian. Junior Fellows and Senior Fellows are elected to their positions by the corporation at one of its semi-annual meetings. The Quadrangle Society consists of individuals who are not fellows of the college, and serves as a bridge between Massey College and the non-academic community. Massey College is one of three exclusively-graduate residential colleges in Canada, along with Green College and St. John's College of the University of British Columbia; Massey College is the only one of the three that is self-governing. During the academic year 2010/2011, the members of corporation are as follows:
  • Professor Sylvia Bashevkin, Department of Political Science, Principal of University College, University of Toronto
  • Professor Brian Corman, Dean, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • Dr. John Dirks, President, Gairdner Foundation
  • Professor Wendy Dobson, Director Institute for International Business, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Colleen Flood, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Mr. John Fraser, Master and Chair of Corporation, Chair Canadian Journalism Foundation
  • Dr. Jane Freeman, Office of English Language & Writing Support, University of Toronto
  • Ms Margaret Hancock, former warden of Hart House
  • Professor Elizabeth Harvey, Department of English, University of Toronto
  • The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman, Visitor
  • Professor Heather Jackson, Department of English, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Katherine Lochnan, R. Fraser Elliott Curator of Prints & Drawings, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Professor Peter Martin, Chair of the Department of Astronomy, University of Toronto
  • Professor Elsa Marziali, Department of Social Work, University of Toronto
  • Mr. John Massey, Artist, Massey Foundation
  • Mr. Raymond Massey, Film producer. Massey Foundation
  • Dr. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto
  • Dr. James Orbinski, Research Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Professor Mary Ann Parker, Department of Music, University of Toronto
  • The Honourable Bob Rae Q.C. of Goodmans
  • Professor Sara Shettleworth, Departments of Psychology and Zoology, University of Toronto
  • Mr. Peter Tovell, architect, Massey Foundation
  • Professor Charles Ward, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • Mr. Ian Webb, investment analyst
  • Mr. Richard Winter Q.C., College Solicitor and Arthur Child Senior Fellow

Massey College sponsors the annual Massey Lectures as well as the Walter Gordon Symposium on Public Policy. In conjunction with the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies, Massey fellows organise an annual symposium of interest to the broader community. There is an annual newsletter to all its constituent members: Senior and Junior Fellows, alumni (which include former Senior Residents like Preston Manning), and members of its Quadrangle Society (non-academic community members). Since 2009 Massey College has been home to the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, run by Massey College Senior Resident Neil Seeman. The Innovation Cell is dedicated to creating new business models for the delivery of healthcare using Internet technologies. Massey Grand Rounds is a monthly dinner or breakfast meeting of medical and health related disciplines. Meals are arranged by Dr Aubie Angel and bring in a variety different mentors to speak with the students. The meetings are also used to plan an annual Medical Grand Rounds Symposium on a topic of interest to the community. The college has a strong connection to the Canadian establishments and Canadian journalism. The college also strives to preserve an Oxbridge-type atmosphere by mandating the wearing of gowns at dinner, and incorporating regular High Tables " complete with after-dinner snuff " into its schedule; and balances this with very active outreach programs. The mandated goal of the college is to demonstrate through its corporate life the interconnectness between all learning.


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