Burton Seely Keirstead

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Nicknames/Other names:


  • Bachelor of Arts with honours (1928) - University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts with honours (1931) - Exeter College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Dates Employed: 1931-1942

Faculty: Arts

Department: Economics

Position(s) held:

  • Professor of Economics


  • Keirstead was visiting professor in economics at the University of Arizona (1938), Dow professor of political economy and chairman of the department at McGill University (1942-1954), and professor of political economy at the University of Toronto (1954-1969).
  • He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in May 1944 and was granted the Nuffield Foundation Fellowship in 1950.


  • Acclaimed as one of Canada's leading economists and was a member of the board of editors of the Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science and the Royal Economics Society and Political Science Association.
  • Keirstead attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1928 - 1931).
  • Delivered the Founders' Day Address on 14 February 1949.
  • Died on Saturday, 5 May 1973 at the age of 65.


  • "Prof. B. S. Keirstead." The Brunswickan vol. 68 no. 23. UA RG 63; Series 1; Sub-series 1; Item 17, 13 May 1949.
  • UA Case 77 - Keirstead, Burton Seely
  • Montague, Susan. A Pictorial History of the University of New Brunswick. University of New Brunswick, 1992.

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