Ties to China
After the war, MacDonell went back to finish high school, and got his BA at the University of Toronto. He married Margaret Telford, a young professor at the school, while he studied there for his MA. They had a son and a daughter, and she died two years ago.
When he was studying for his MA, MacDonnell wrote a term paper about the labor relations of Canadian General Electric (CGE). It caught the attention of H.M. Turner, then the president of the company, which led to MacDonell being hired in 1950 and spending 20 years in its management ranks, during which he became vice-president.
He retired from CGE in 1970 and then worked for other companies before being appointed Ontario’s deputy minister of Industry, Trade and Technology in 1984.
In the early ‘ 80s, MacDonell believed then that China would be a great export market for Ontario