Author, speaker, activist, John E. Trent is a Fellow of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, where he was formerly a professor and chair of the University’s Department of Political Science. His current work concentrates on the reform of international institutions and of the discipline of political science as well as political reform in Canada. His career has had a triple orientation, each of them overlapping: as a university professor, as a manager of academic associations, and as a social activist – all of them becoming international. His research interests focus on the reform of international organizations, federalism, electoral reform, French-English relations in Canada; and the development of political science. Recent publications include: Quebec-Canada: What is the Path Ahead? (with Robert Young and Guy Lachapelle); The United Nations System (with Chadwick Alger and Gene Lyons); L'impact référendaire (with Guy Lachapelle and Pierre Tremblay); The Social Sciences in Canada (with Steen Esbensen and Michel Allard) and Federalism for the Future: Essential Reforms (with Gérald-A. Beaudoin, Joseph Magnet, Benoît Pelletier & Gordon Robertson). With Michael Stein, he is Co-editor of the international book series, “The World of Political Science: the Development of the Discipline”. He has recently published a new book on reform in global governance, titled, Modernization of the United Nations System: Civil Society's Role in Moving from International Relations to Global Governance, (2007, Barbara Budrich Publishers, Upladen, Germany, www.barbara-budrich.net www.renoufbooks.com ). Professor Trent is the former Secretary General of the International Political Science Association, a founding Vice-President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and past-president of the Société québécoise de Science politique.
He was a member of the International Social Science Council from 1976 to 1991 and chair of its Constitutional Committee. Trent has been a consultant and researcher for Unesco, the Science Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Task Force on Canadian Unity, the Government of Canada and the Quebec Liberal Party. He is a Member of the Office québécois de la langue française Prior to his university career, John Trent was for several years in business in banking, stock broking and public relations. His studies were at Harvard, the University of Montreal and Queen's University. A frequent contributor to the media, he has also held executive positions with numerous community and citizen groups such as the United Way, Alliance Quebec, the Regional Association of West Quebecers, the Council of Canadians, Fair Vote Canada and the World Federalists. He was founding president of Dialogue Canada, a national association to promote mutual understanding; founding Co-President of the National Capital Region Chapter of Fair Vote Canada, an electoral reform association; and founder of the Wakefield steam train. Born in Toronto in 1936, he has made his home in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec with his wife Colette and their four children.