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 for the Conference Board's education and skills file. He is also part of the leadership team of the Ryerson University, Conference Board, Blueprint ADE consortium that has been selected to set up and run Employment and Social Development Canada's (ESDC) Future Skills Centre, which is a multi-year initiative dedicated to exploring new and innovative ways to
improve skills development in Canada.
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, rabble.ca, Popmatters, and This Magazine. He also 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.