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Chief Executive Officer
Valerie.Walker@bher.ca

Val Walker leads the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). As CEO of this member-based not-for-profit organization, she sets BHER’s strategic direction and leads a strong team focused on building...

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Director, Corporate Services
jennifer.riopelle@bher.ca

As Director of Corporate Services for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Jennifer is responsible for leading BHER’s core operations and services. Her primary duties include internal operations, membership...

Matt McKean
Chief R&D Officer
matthew.mckean@bher.ca

Matthew McKean is BHER's Chief R&D Officer. In this role, he leads BHER's work-integrated learning program (WIL), COVID Response work, and applied research and development activities. Prior to joining BHER...

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Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning
Andrew.Bieler@bher.ca

As Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Andrew manages all aspects of research project development and delivery. Andrew joins from the Conference Board...

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Executive Coordinator
crystal.kwan@bher.ca

Crystal brings forth a broad range of experiences in education, research, business, and administration, as well as a passion for higher education. Prior to joining BHER, Crystal worked with an...

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Program Manager
pia.chin@bher.ca

As Program Manager, Pia manages all partner relationships across a pan-Canadian portfolio leading to the creation of thousands of new work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students. Prior to joining BHER...

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Finance Coordinator
wen.qian@bher.ca

As Finance Coordinator, Wen organizes and streamlines BHER's accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, maintains finance documentation and records to ensure correctness and promptness of finance deliverables. Wen holds a...

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Senior Lead, Research and Development
maria.giammarco@bher.ca

Maria is a Senior Lead of Research & Development at BHER, and oversees project management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, partnership support, and knowledge mobilization for BHER’s portfolio of work on...

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Senior Lead, Research and Development
Stephen.Higham@bher.ca

As a Senior Lead of R&D, Steve helps the Business + Higher Education Roundtable’s design, develop and carry out projects. He also supports stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and knowledge mobilization...

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Senior Lead, Research and Development
carolyn.hatch@bher.ca

As Senior Lead, Research and Development, Carolyn will design, develop, and carry out projects and key initiatives that are core to BHER’s COVID Response and R&D work. Current projects are...

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Associate, Research and Development
bea.libchaber@bher.ca

As Associate, Research and Development, Béa will help design, develop, and carry out projects that are core to BHER’s COVID Response and Innovation mandates. She will also support the ongoing program needs...

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Associate, Research and Development
nilanee.koneswaran@bher.ca

Nilanee Koneswaran is a recent graduate from the Master of Public Policy Program from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Prior to joining BHER, she interned for...

Solène Jollivet
Associate, Communications and Knowledge Translation
Solene.Jollivet@bher.ca

As the Communications and Knowledge Translation Associate, Solène works collaboratively across the team to create compelling content to engage key stakeholders through knowledge translation strategies. Solène holds a Bachelor of...

Gabriela Trigo
Associate, Canada Comeback Challenge
Gabriela.Trigo@bher.ca

As Associate, Canada Comeback Challenge, at the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Gabriela works to plan and execute upcoming iterations of the Canada Comeback Challenge. 

Gabriela is a Queen’s...

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Program Associate
alexis.gunawardena@bher.ca

As an Associate, Alexis works to plan and execute ongoing activities related to Canada
Comeback Challenge. Throughout her career she has also held convening and
communications related positions in the public...

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Associate, Research and Development
ankita.verma@bher.ca

Ankita Verma has joined BHER as a Research and Development Associate and will be working on projects to support COVID-19 recovery in the skills sector.
She has a background in...

Breenda Shah
Grants Administrator and Data Analyst
Breenda.Shah@bher.ca

As a WIL Grants Administrator & Data Analyst for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Breenda works to develop a data strategy to collect, store, manage and analyze data...

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Intern, Corporate Services
emily.andrews@bher.ca

A recent graduate from the Communication Studies program at Concordia, Emily has spent her first degree seeking ways to reshape higher education. With this goal in mind, she created Connect...

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Intern, Research and Development
tanika.bryan@bher.ca

As Intern, Research and Development, Tanika will assist with project development and management, stakeholder engagement, product development, and knowledge mobilization.

Tanika is a third year student at Ryerson University. She...

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Intern, Research and Development
samantha.graham@bher.ca

Samantha is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce Program majoring in Economics from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. She has previously worked in the higher education space...

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Intern, Research and Development
georgia.lin@bher.ca

Georgia is a recent graduate of Victoria University in the University of Toronto where she earned an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity and Diaspora...

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Intern, Communications and Research
Emily.Wilson@bher.ca

Emily is currently participating in the Queen's Undergraduate Internship Program as Intern, Communications and Research with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). During her 12-month internship she will assist...