Jared Mceachern Scholarship Essay

Supporting the Future

Thanks to visionary volunteer leadership of AGC industry leaders, the AGC Education and Research Foundation, founded in 1968, has for more than 40 years made good on its commitment to support the future of our industry through its robust scholarship program and innovative projects.


Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Foundation is able to give 100 or more undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year to deserving students. Since 1970, we have awarded over 4,000 scholarships totaling over $10 million. Scholarship candidates are evaluated for their academic success, their commitment to the industry through participation in campus professional organizations, summer or part-time work in the construction industry, and their goals for the future.


The AGC Education and Research Foundation gives two prestigious awards annually, one to an educator who exemplifies excellence in the field of construction education, and the other to a senior-level student who submits the winning essay in the James L. Allhands Essay Competition.

Outstanding Educator Award
Since 1985, the AGC Education and Research Foundation has recognized annually an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education.

James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition
The James L. Allhands award recognizes a student essay on a specific topic that is deemed to be beneficial to the advancement of technological, educational, or vocational expertise in the construction industry.

Research Projects

Robert L. Bowen Industry Residency

The Foundation is in its fifth year of an exciting ongoing initiative which creates a partnership among the Foundation, an AGC contractor, and an educational institution to provide an engaging summer internship experience for a faculty member on a construction project. The overall goal of the internship is to provide educators with jobsite field experience in order to provide this firsthand knowledge to their students. More information regarding the industry residency program can be found on this page.

Industry Case Studies
The Foundation has commissioned a few new case studies, and is in the process of securing future studies. For information on past case studies, and on what is to come, please check our Research and New Initiatives.

Alan MacEachern
Research Chair, Department of History

PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Email: amaceach@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2268
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm or by appointment

Research Interests

Professor MacEachern teaches & researches Canadian history, with an emphasis on environmental & climate history. 

Teaching Philosophy

A healthy society spends most of its energies trained on the present & the future. But a healthy society also devotes some of its energies to remembering & understanding the past. The historian's job is to tell or remind people today about the lives of others in the past. That's it. Doing so goes a small way to fulfilling the obligation that people of the past are not forgotten. And it holds a promise & a threat to people of today, that they won't be forgotten either.  

I am available at the coordinates above, and welcome hearing from you.

Selected Publications


(with Robert Wardhaugh) Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th ed., Nelson, 2017

(with Robert Wardhaugh) Destinies: Canadian History since Confederation, 8th ed. Nelson, 2017.

(with William J Turkel) Method and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History. Nelson, 2009. Includes "An Introduction, in Theory and Practice" and "Lost in Shipping: Canadian National Parks and the International Donation of Wildlife."

The Institute of Man and Resources: An Environmental Fable. Island Studies Press, 2003.

Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935-1970. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.

Selected Chapters & Journal Articles

  • “J.E. Bernier and the Historical Record,” Polar Record 53 no.1 (Jan 2017), 102-4.
  • “Banff is …Hell? The Struggle of Being Canada’s First, Most Famous, and Most Visited National Park,” Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History no.10 (Summer 2016).
  • Edward MacDonald and Alan MacEachern, “Rites of Passage: Tourism and the Crossing to Prince Edward Island,” Histoire sociale/Social History, vol.49 no.99 (Juin/June 2016), 291-308.
  • “Canada’s Best Idea? The Canadian and American National Park Services in the 1910s,” National Parks Beyond the Nation: Global Perspectives on ‘America’s Best Idea,’ eds. Adrian Howkins, Jared Orsi, Mark Fiege (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), 51-67.
  • “The Landscapes of Tourism: Scenic Images in Prince Edward Island Tourism Literature,” Time and a Place: The Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, eds. Edward MacDonald, Josh MacFadyen, and Irene Novaczek (Kingston-Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), 246-63.
  • “Children of the Hummus: Growing up Back-to-the-Land on Prince Edward Island,” Canadian Countercultures and the Environment, ed. Colin Coates (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2016), 259-85.
  • Editor, "The Landscape of Canadian Environmental History" forum, and author of its introductory essay, "The Text That Nature Renders?" Canadian Historical Review, 95 no.4 (Dec 2014).
  • "The Large and Lovelier Canada / Le grand et somptueux Canada," in (Re)Making Confederation: (Re)Imagining Canadian History special issue of Canadian Themes/Thèmes Canadiens (Autumn 2014).
  • "The International Nature of the 1825 Miramichi Fire," Forestry Chronicle, 90 no.3 (May/Jun 2014), 43-6.
  • "The Sentimentalist: Science and Nature in the Writing of HU Green, aka Tony Lascelles," Journal of Canadian Studies, 47 no.3 (2014).
  • "Popular by our Misery: The International Response to the 1825 Miramichi Fire," in Claire E. Campbell & Robert Summerby-Murray, eds, Land and Sea: Environmental Histories of Atlantic Canada, Acadiensis Press, 2012.
  • "A Little Essay on Big: Towards a History of Canada's Size," in Big Country,Big Issues: Canada's Environment, Culture, and History, a special issue of Perspectives, Rachel Carson Center, 2011.
  • "MB Williams and the Early Years of Parks Canada," in Claire E. Campbell, ed. A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011, University of Calgary Press, 2011.

Public & Digital History Projects

  • (with Edward MacDonald), “Collecting Memories,” Canada’s History (Dec 2017 - Jan 2018), 42-6.
  • “The Big Chill: The ‘Year Without a Summer’ in Canada,” Canada’s History, Aug-Sept 2016, 52-5.
  • With Michael O’Hagan, “Canada’s Year Without a Summer” online exhibit and teaching resource, Jan 2016. 
  • “The Associate” column, University Affairs, 2013-15.
  • (with William J Turkel, Adam Crymble) The Programming Historian 2, open-source, open-access textbook, 2012-.
  • (with Josh MacFadyen) "Aerial Photography, Landscape Change, and PEI National Park," Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PE, 2012.
  • “Open Season,” Canada’s History, Aug - Sep 2012.
  • "MB: Living and Writing the Early Years of Parks Canada," online exhibit, 2012-.
  • "Conservation," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2011.
  • "The Academic Alphabet" column, University Affairs, 2006-08.

Conferences Organized

  • The Dominion of Nature: Environmental Histories of the Confederation Era, Charlottetown, PE, Jul 2014.
  • The Climate is History: Documents as Evidence of Climate Change, London, ON, May 2014. 
  • Canadian History & Environment Summer Schools (CHESS), annual event, 2006-.
  • Does the World Need More Canada? Connecting Canadian Environmental History to the World, Toronto, ON, 2013.
  • EH+ Writing the Next Chapter of Canadian Environmental History, Hamilton, ON, 2011.
  • Time and a Place: Environmental Histories, Environmental Futures, and Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE, 2010.

In the News

  • "A Theory, in Practice: Back to the Bering Land Bridge," ActiveHistory blog, 13 Jul 2017.
  • "希望: A Postcard from China," The Otter blog, Jul 2017.
  • "Anticipating the Anthropocene," The Otter blog, May 2017. 
  • “The Bering Land Bridge Theory: Not Dead Yet,” ActiveHistory blog, Sep 2016.
  • "Clio and Climate", historicalclimatology.com, May 2016.
  • "The Phoenix Response," The Otter blog, May 2016.
  • "Ian McTaggart-Cowan in Banff & Jasper: Bringing Wildlife Science to the National Parks," The Otter blog, Apr 2016.
  • "Historian Saves Thousands of Environment Canada Files...," The Globe and Mail, 18 Mar 2014.
  • "Western University Receives Vast Collection of Weather Observations," London Free Press, 30 January 2014.
  • "Goin’ Down the Road: The Story of the First Cross-Canada Car Trip," The Globe and Mail, 18 Aug 2012.
  • "A Polyphony of Synthesizers: Why Every Historian of Canada Should Write a History of Canada," ActiveHistory blog, Jan 2012.
  • "Nature within Reach of Canadians," The Globe and Mail, 12 May 2011.
  • "Do You Remember Where You Were?" The Globe and Mail, 4 Mar 2010.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2017.
  • Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2016.
  • SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Clusters grant, principal investigator, 2007-15.
  • Visiting Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2011.


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