Matthew McKean is Associate Director of Education at the Conference Board of Canada. He 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 an inclusive, cross-sectoral national strategy for the post-secondary education system that aims to address the future of work and the drivers of change that are disrupting 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 holds a Ph.D. in History from Queen’s University, Kingston, and 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.