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Chief Executive Officer
Valerie.Walker@bher.ca

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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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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Senior Manager, Communications
Tina.Romito@bher.ca

As the Senior Manager, Communications, Tina Romito works with the BHER team to develop and implement the organization’s internal and external communications strategies.  Tina is a veteran in political journalism...

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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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Partnerships Coordinator and Stakeholder Relations, Work-Integrated Learning
tiffany.flecknell@bher.ca

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...

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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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Associate, Research and Development
cynthia.kumah@bher.ca

Cynthia is an Associate, Research and Development. Her background is in Research and Information management in higher education. She previously held a research position at the Conference Board of Canada...

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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...

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Associate, Communications
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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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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Finance Officer
wen.qian@bher.ca

As Finance Officer, 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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Intern, R&D
nour.elatreby@bher.ca

Nour is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto. She is in her third year of doing a Political Science Specialist with an English Minor. ...

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Intern, Communications
zara.anwar@bher.ca

Zara is approaching her final year with the department of Communication Studies & Media Arts at McMaster University. She is passionate about combining design and cognitive influences to nurture promotional...