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Matthew McKean

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Nipissing University), M.A. (University of Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Queen's University)

Dr. Matthew McKean is Director, Future Skills, and member of the Senior Leadership Team at the Conference Board of Canada. He leads research, business development, and stakeholder relations, including a network of university Provosts and Vice-Presidents, for the Conference Board’s education and skills file.

He is a board member and part of the team that’s leading the Ryerson University, Conference Board, Blueprint ADE consortium that has been selected to set up and run the Future Skills Centre, a multi-year initiative funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills program.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew worked in policy, communications, stakeholder and government relations at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. While there he led a public history project, in partnership with Carleton’s Department of History, that created an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to do archival research and create a digital timeline documenting the Federation’s 75-year history.

Matthew holds a PhD in History from Queen’s University, Kingston, and is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. He writes for a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. He has authored or co-authored reports on research impact and knowledge mobilization; social sciences and humanities career skills development and transitions; Canada-OECD skills and PSE comparators; the impact of skills gaps on British Columbia and Alberta; gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian PSE; and the state of social and emotional skills training in business schools.

Matthew’s writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Conversation (Canada), The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times,, Popmatters, and This Magazine. He occasionally writes obituaries for The Globe & Mail and reviews folk music for Exclaim! magazine in Toronto.

He is a board member of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival and the National Advisory Committee for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Education.

Find him on twitter: @MKMcKean

Courses Taught

Carleton University
FYSM 1405D: London in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
HIST 3902B: Space, Place, and Identity in Multicultural Britain
HIST 4500B/HIST 5508U: Seminar in British History: The Social and Cultural Life of Modern British Cities
FYSM 1405E: End of Empire?: Postcolonial Britain and the Immigrant Experience
HIST 3902A: British Decolonization and Post-war Immigration
HIST 4500A: Seminar in British History: The Two World Wars in Popular Culture
HIST 3508A: English Society 1500-1914
HIST 2502A: Modern Britain
HIST 3902C: 19th Century British Society and Culture
HIST 3902B: Brexit Britain: The Origins

University of Ottawa
HIS1111: The Twentieth-Century World Since 1945
HIS7338: Seminar in the History of Colonialism and Postcolonialism
HIS2390A: Theory and Practice of Micro-History

Queen’s University
HIST289: England Since 1851
HIST362: 19th Century British Isles
HIST363: 20th Century British Isles
HIST459: British Society and Culture, 1780-1914