The CBHA/ACHA congratulates Nicholas Fast, the recipient of the 2022-23 CBHA/ACHA Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship in Canadian Business History.
Nicholas is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Toronto whose area of interests lie in unionism in the Canadian meatpacking industry; labour and economic history; social movement. His MA thesis explored the tensions between the Canadian Farmworkers Union (CFU) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) during the early 1980s as a result of the CLC's decision to adopt a community union model for organizing. His PhD research returns to his roots at the cutting block to explore unionism in the meat packing industry after World War II in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
During his tenure as Research Fellow, Nicholas Fast will continue his comparative, transnational study of the process of deindustrialization and technological change in meatpacking business practices.