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Chief Executive Officer

Val Walker leads the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that brings together some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. As CEO, Val drives...

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Vice-President, Corporate Services

As Vice-President 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 is BHER's Chief R&D Officer. He leads BHER with Val and Jenn and oversees the organization's diverse and growing member-driven research and programming agendas. Areas of focus include...

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Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning

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...

Cindy Gabourie
Director of Finance

Joining BHER as Director of Finance, Cindy brings over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit charitable sector. Cindy's previous roles include Director of Finance at Sunnybrook Foundation and CIFAR.  In...

Cristina Evans
Member Relations Manager

As Member Relations Manager, Cristina’s focus is cultivating Business and Higher Education Roundtable (BHER)’s member engagement through communication and collaboration. With a career rooted in the not-for-profit sector, Cristina brings...

Sara Miller
Program Manager, Work-Integrated Learning

Sara has joined BHER as Program Manager and will be managing a pan-Canadian portfolio delivering work-integrated learning opportunities to post-secondary students. She is joining BHER with over 8 years of...

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Senior Partnerships Coordinator & Stakeholder Relations, Work-Integrated Learning

Sarah is a Senior Partnerships Coordinator and Stakeholder Relations with BHER’s Work-Integrated Learning team. She is an empathetic, experienced, and client-focused relationship manager who is practiced in creating and developing...

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Partnerships Coordinator and Stakeholder Relations, Work-Integrated Learning

Tiffany has 6 years’ experience working in employment counselling and programming with the Government of New Brunswick. She brings a client-centered approach to her work and focuses on building strong...

Kris Erickson
Senior R&D Associate

Kris Erickson, PhD, is BHER's Senior Research Associate, bringing over 10 years of experience as an applied social researcher and educational leader in postsecondary education, youth employment policy, and cross-sector partnership...

Michele Manocchi
Senior R&D Manager

Michele brings over 25 years of research and consulting experience between Italy and Canada in various industries and sectors. After earning his Ph.D. in Comparative Social Research (University of Turin...

Preet Mondair
Senior R&D Associate

Preet joins BHER as a Senior R&D Associate. She previously held research positions with the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Conference Board of...

Husaina Lakdawala
R&D Intern

Husaina is a graduate candidate at the University of Toronto - Munk School, pursuing a master's degree in Global Affairs. With a keen interest in strategic thinking, global trade policy...

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R&D Associate

Carmela joins BHER as a Research and Development Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s in Research for...

Tom Young
Junior R&D Associate

Tom is currently pursuing his master’s of arts at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. His area of focus is work-integrated learning (WIL) and...

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Junior R&D Associate

Nouran is a Junior Research and Development Associate at BHER. She previously conducted research on innovation and skills, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and work-integrated learning as an R&D Intern at...

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Communications Specialist

As the Communications Specialist with Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Kirstie develops and executes communications strategies to elevate BHER's brand identity and increase awareness. Prior to joining BHER, Kirstie spent...

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Senior Content Specialist

Sunny Chan is BHER's Senior Content Specialist. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has over seven years of experience in career education and WIL...

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Events and Convening Specialist

As the Events and Convening Specialist at the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Laura is responsible for fostering innovative opportunities through strategic collaboration. With over 15 years of experience...