Tim Liebregt is currently a History Master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Steven High at Concordia University. He is also working as part of the Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time project, having received the DePOT Master’s Fellowship. Prior to starting at Concordia, Tim completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, where he was also able to work as a research assistant on a range of projects. Broadly, his research interests are the internal dynamics of Canadian unions, as well as their relationship with international labour organizations during the process of deindustrialization.

Project statement

Tim’s MA project explores the internal dynamics of Canadian unions during a period of deindustrialization, specifically in the 1980s. In particular, he is looking at trends of lower industrial union membership, the Canadianization of unions, and how these and other related themes fit into a broader framework of deindustrialization. He is also interested in examining Canadian unions and their interactions with international labour organizations, especially those based within the United States, as well as other political trends that impacted labour in Canada such as expanded free trade.