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Meet the Team

Matthew McKean
Matthew McKean
Associate Director, Education

Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. Matthew directs the research program and leads stakeholder relations for the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education, a major five-year initiative that examines the advanced skills and education challenges facing Canada today. The Centre examines important themes and issues in post-secondary education from a pan-Canadian perspective and is building inclusive, cross-sectoral national platforms that aim to address the future of work and the drivers of change in the educational landscape. As Manager of the Quality Network for Universities, Matthew also leads the Conference Board's long-standing and distinguished executive network of university provosts and vice-presidents from across Canada.

Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew worked in policy at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. Matthew writes for a wide audience on a diverse range of topics. His writing has appeared in The Globe & Mail, National Post, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Hill Times,, Popmatters, Exclaim!, and This Magazine. He is a board member of the Ottawa International Writer's Festival and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Education.

Shannon Jackson
Shannon Jackson
Associate Director

Shannon Jackson is an Associate Director with the Education and Skills Knowledge group of the Conference Board of Canada. She joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2015 and led the HR Transformation research portfolio until fall 2018. Shannon led The Board’s research on strategic workforce planning, HR Transformation, evidence-based decision-making skill development, and the changing nature of work in Canadian organizations. She has been instrumental in leading the design, planning, and development of many core research initiatives and custom research engagements involving complex qualitative data analysis and analytics.

Prior to joining the Board, Shannon’s twenty-five-year career focused on organizational design and effectiveness, skills development and transformation. She has developed a unique perspective of the Canadian workforce through her senior and leadership roles in Consulting, Operations, and Human Resources. Her industry experience includes, Software/IT, Professional Services, Financial Services, Heavy Industry and Hospitality.

Shannon holds a Master of Industrial Relations - University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Business Administration - University of New Brunswick. She is a certified Change Management professional with PROSCI and held a Certified HR Professional designation in New Brunswick.

Alison Howard
Alison Howard
Principal Research Associate

Alison Howard manages major research projects in the area of education and skills at The Conference Board of Canada. She has published 40+ reports and briefings and has delivered numerous presentations on topics including: skills, post-secondary education, workplace literacy, employability, workplace learning, professional development, and leadership development. Other topics that Alison has published on include: food (food security, food literacy, traceability, fisheries, and food waste); privacy; corporate social responsibility; human resource management; sport policy; housing; and the culture/creative sector.

Alison also develops national education-related conferences that discuss pressing issues and promote best practices in skills development in K-12, in post-secondary education, and in the workplace.

Alison has a Masters of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph.

Eleni Kachulis
Eleni Kachulis
Research Associate II, Education and Strategic Initiatives

Eleni is a Research Associate in the Conference Board's Education and Strategic Initiatives group. She has conducted research on a variety of topics in support of the Board's education portfolio, including doctoral education reform; gender equity, diversity, and inclusion; work-integrated learning; and internationalization. She also contributes to custom research projects on a variety of topics.

Prior to joining the Board, Eleni worked as a Corporate Governance Officer at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, where she developed internal policies and procedures to support the organization's security program. She has also held positions at Statistics Canada, Health Canada, and the First Nations Statistical Institute. Eleni holds a Bachelor of Humanities (Honours) from Carleton University and a Master of Public Administration from Queen's University.

Past Event

Education and Skills Symposium 2018

November 28 - 29, 2018
Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Toronto, Ontario)

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