Dr. Ronald L. Watts, C.C., D.Phil., LL.D., F.R.S.C.: Dr Ronald L Watts is Principal Emeritus, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University and where he has been a member of the academic staff since 1955. He was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University 1974-1984. From 1988 to 1993, he was Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University. A Rhodes Scholar 1952-4, he completed a D. Phil. Degree in Political Studies in 1963. As a scholar, Ronald Watts has worked for over forty years on the comparative study of federal systems and Canadian federalism, subjects on which he has written or edited twenty books, monographs and reports and over eighty articles in journals and chapters in books.
He was a commissioner on the Task Force on Canadian Unity (Pepin-Robarts), 1978-79, and a consultant to the federal government during the constitutional negotiations in 1980. In June 1990 he was an advisor to Premier Peterson of Ontario during the discussions over the Meech Lake Accord. From April 1991 to September 1992 he assisted Canadian constitutional deliberations which culminated in the Charlottetown Agreement. He was Associate Editor for the International Social Science Journal special issue on federalism, vol. 167, published in 5 languages in March 2001. From 1991 to 1998 he was President of the International Association of Centres for Federal Studies which encompasses 25 member centres in 16 countries. He serves in the executive and advisory boards of a number of organizations and held many in the past. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1997). He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada in 2000.