John English is a Canadian academic who has also been very active in Canadian public life. He is currently the General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. He has previously served as Professor of History at the University of Waterloo; Executive Director of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); and Director of the Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism.
He was the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kitchener between 1993 and 1997. Subsequently, he served as a Special Ambassador for Landmines and as a Special Envoy for the election of Canada to the Security Council. He has also been the President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum. He has written many books and articles including a two volume biography of Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson and a two volume biography of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a recipient of many literary awards.