Dr. Andrew Bieler is a Senior Research Associate with the Future Skills team where he leads the apprenticeship and skilled trades research portfolio. Prior to joining the Conference Board, he worked as a Research Associate at Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. In this capacity, he spearheaded the development, implementation, and evaluation of four innovative apprenticeship programs that served 76 apprentices and 66 employers in Ontario’s construction and manufacturing sectors.
Andrew previously held positions with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network where he oversaw the development of research projects with the goal of advancing sustainability in education policy and practice across Canada. During this time, he undertook a variety of comparative education research projects including a national overview of climate change education policy. He organized an international policy forum that brought together international researchers and policymakers to discuss sustainability education.
Trained in collaborative approaches to social research, Andrew completed his PhD in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University in Toronto. His doctoral dissertation examined the role of arts-sciences collaborations in catalyzing social action on climate change. His research has been published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Sustainability, Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Education Research, Green Humanities, and Teachers College Record. He co-authored the book Critical Education and Sociomaterial Practice.