Wisdom of Life


Massey College was established by the Master and Fellows of Massey College Act (1960-61), which was amended in 1974. It  is governed by an elected Governing Board, made up of Senior Fellows and chaired by the Master. You can read the by-laws here.

Its connection with the University of Toronto was established at the same time with Bill-115. The relationship is recognized through ex officio membership on the Governing Board of the President of the University of Toronto and the Dean of School of Graduate Studies.

Other members of the College community join in a number of committees which report to the Governing Board. A considerable degree of self-governance of the Junior Fellowship (the College’s full-time graduate students) is implemented through the annual election of a Don of Hall, other student officers, and committee members.

THE VISITOR is the College ombudsman and fulfils important constitutional and ceremonial functions.

SENIOR FELLOWS are elected from prominent representatives of both academic and professional interests at the University of Toronto.

THE MASTER is the chief administrative officer who, together with those Senior Fellows elected to the Governing Board, governs the College.

THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS who assist the Master are the Librarian, the Bursar and the Dean, who is also Secretary of the Governing Board.

Masters of the College:

1963 to 1981                     Robertson Davies (Founding Master)

1981 to 1988                     J.N. Patterson Hume

1988 to 1995                     Ann Saddlemyer

1991 to 1992                      Stefan Dupre (Acting Master)

1995 to 2014                     John Fraser

2014 to present                Hugh Segal

College Visitors:

1963 to 1967                      The Rt. Hon. Vincent Massey

1973 to 1976                      The Hon. Dalton C. Wells

1990 to 1995                      The Hon. John B. Aird

1996 to 2003                      Dr. Rose Wolfe

2003 to 2016                      The Hon. H.N.R. Jackman

Present                                 The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin


  • J. John Lang

    Jun 07, 2016

    I'm truly sorry I missed your comment! My God, it's 2016 now. I couldn't answer your question, and in fact I'd have the same question. I don't know how frequently the choir meets or performs now. I do not recall a "weekly service" or schedule for the chapel choir, but I recall hearing it perform in the major Common Room and in the chapel. I would wager, though, that the tradition of a college chapel choir does continue. There has always been a wealth of wonderful choral music all over the university and its colleges. I'm going to look into this when I next revisit Massey College. I miss it and have not been able in the past few years to re-visit. I am in the U.S. Southwest, but I am ready to get away from it. I have learned to appreciate about as much of the desert as I can. I have had the unique experience of working with Native American tribes in several parts of Arizona, and I also have spent some years in Alaska, where I also had contact with indigenous people as well. But lest i wander on conversing here, I just wondered where you saw my comments that led to your e-mail. Sorry I just saw it now, in June 2016. Cordially, John Lang (actually, Joseph John Lang)

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    Apr 29, 2017

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Upcoming Events

  1. Senior Fellow Luncheon – Speaker: John Fraser

    September 25 @ 12:00 pm
  2. Governing Board Meeting

    September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  3. Reception for new Senior Fellows

    September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  4. Non-Resident Junior Fellow dine in hall

    September 27 @ 6:30 pm
  5. Junior Fellow Lecture Series

    September 27 @ 7:45 pm