Dr. Matthew McKean is Director of Education & Skills (#FutureSkills) and a member of the Conference Board of Canada's Senior Leadership Team. He leads research, stakeholder relations, knowledge mobilization, and business development, including the Council of University Executives (CUE), a pan-Canadian network of Provosts and Vice-Presidents.
He was a founding member of the Ryerson University, Conference Board, Blueprint consortium team that was selected to set up and run the Future Skills Centre, a multi-year initiative funded by the Government of Canada's Future Skills program. He leads the Conference Board's Future Skills Centre research portfolio and an awesome team of researchers.
Matthew has authored, co-authored, and directed many reports on education and skills. He also writes and speaks publicly for a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. His writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Conversation (Canada), The National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times, rabble.ca, Popmatters, and This Magazine. He's been known to write obituaries for The Globe & Mail and music reviews for Exclaim! Magazine in Toronto.
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, where he taught for more than a decade. 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.