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Mensa Worldwide

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and by Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership being a high IQ. The original aims were to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The word "Mensa" is simply Latin for "table", the idea being we are a round-table society where all members regardless of age, sex, race, beliefs or income are considered equals.

The Mensa Canada Society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population. The objective of membership is to enjoy each other's company and to participate in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Mensa set itself the goal of showcasing and developing the human intellect to the betterment of humanity and to support research on nature, the characteristics and the use of intellect so as  to offer its members a stimulating intellectual and social environment.

Local groups offer members the opportunity of exchanging and discovering other people having similar goals and interests. Friendships are formed there.

By its very nature, Mensa does not have any objectives that could work to the detriment of humanity. Members, or groups of members can express their opinions as members of Mensa, but not in the name of Mensa.

Mensa has about 100 000 members in more than 100 countries as of June 2009. Generally, there is national a Mensa group which oversees the members of Mensa in a particular country. Whenever membership in a country is too low to form a national chapter, members are welcomed under the umbrella of Mensa International. Membership with Mensa is thus managed on a by-country basis.

Mensa in Canada

Founding member Mr. Peter Urquhart, originally from Scotland, emigrated to Canada at the end of the 1950s. Once there, he wanted to integrate Canadians into Mensa. He placed advertisements in newspapers to invite interested people to pass the tests. The first Canadian member, Mr. Henry David Lee, was admitted in 1962. Thereafter, a Canadian chapter was incorporated within Mensa North America.

In the wake of the 1967 World Fair, the congress of Mensa North America took place in Montreal and it was at this time that the independent Mensa Canada chapter was created.

The Mensa Canada Management Corporation company obtained its letters patent on July 24, 1973. On June 4, 1979, the name was changed to its current name of  Mensa Canada Company (and Mensa Canada Society). In comparison, the American Mensa Company was formed in June 1965 and legally incorporated in February 1971. The Mensa Canada Company is obviously affiliated at the other Mensa companies in the world.

Mensa Canada members numbered 1 779 members  as of July 2009, gathering in 21 regional/local chapters. These local chapters, like Mensa Montreal, do not directly rerceive money from members but are financed by Mensa Canada so as to organize activities for the members of Mensa Canada within their territory.


Mensa in Quebec

Mensa initially appeared in Montreal, with a first member in 1961. The chapter of Montreal generated the chapter of Quebec and that of Montérégie (1990).


Mensa in Montreal

Formed officially by North-American Mensa on December 7, 1964, Montreal was the first chapter recognized in Canadian territory and ex-aequo with 9 other chapters in the USA like very first chapters in North America. We had our first member in 1961. It is in Montreal that the congress of American Mensa in 1967 took place in order to give rise to Mensa Canada. It is as in Montreal as the first officially joint congress between Mensa Canada and American Mensa took place, in 1988.


Who are the members of Mensa Montreal?

As of June 1rst, 2009, Mensa Montreal (and Montérégie) counted 170 members.
Among these 170 members, one counted 142 members in Montreal and 28 in Montérégie.

The age range of our members is very large, spanning from 10 year olds to those in their 80s.