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An excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.  Dr. Fortier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum and Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Val Walker, Executive Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. It can be read in full at The Hill Times

I can say with confidence that...

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This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University and Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates. It can be read in full at The Chronicle Herald...


recruiting skilled talent

november 2020 edition

This infographic is the first of a new mini-series focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses across Canada. This infographic analyzes recruitment challenges faced by businesses in both 2019 through a Skills...

Financial and Labour Market Impacts

November 2020 Edition

This infographic is the first of a new mini-series focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on post-secondary students within the WIL ecosystem. This infographic analyzes the financial and labour market impacts, as...

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Dear Minister Hadju,

As the co-chairs of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), we are writing to extend our congratulations on the Government’s recent budget. We were pleased to see such a strong focus on skills...

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Dear Minister Morneau,

In Budget 2018, you highlighted the need to position Canadians for success in the global economy by supporting new and innovative approaches to skills development.

Already, your government has invested in a...

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Dear Minister Bains, 

As you consider the many ideas that have surfaced from your consultations on innovation, we are writing to provide you with our thoughts as the co-chairs of the Business Higher Education Roundtable...

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New technologies, demographic shifts and global volatility are just a few of the forces affecting workplaces around the globe. 

Canadian employers are responding to the rapid pace of change by looking for ways to build...

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Delivered by Valerie Walker, Executive Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable

Mr. Chair, committee members, thank you for inviting me here today.

The Business/Higher Education Roundtable – BHER, for short – brings together the leaders of some...

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Across the country, an unprecedented coalition of educators and employers have come together to ensure that Canada has the most highly skilled and productive work force in the world.

We believe that the most efficient...

Research Resources


The Research Facilities Navigator is a directory of publicly funded research facilities that are opening their doors to collaborations with industry, post-secondary institutions and government.

Click here to visit the Navigator.

Launched in 2013 by...

Person typing on laptop and writing notes is a tool for businesses, non-profits, governments and others who want to access the experts, facilities or intellectual property that exists on post-secondary campuses across Canada. does this by analyzing over 200,000 research...

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BHER Guide to Research Partnerships with Canada's Universities

Canadian firms are looking to build innovative technologies, capitalize on the expertise, solve business challenges and have new resources to help them work with Canada’s post-secondary institutions...

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Excerpt from a speech to the the Universities Canada Governing Council Chamber meeting: An agile future through work-integrated learning

“I’d like to speak to you today, as one CEO to others. Speak to you as...

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Except from remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor to the Economic Club of Canada in March 2016.

“Working together, our universities can give our students, our communities, our industries, and our country a sustainable competitive advantage...


Dr. Meric Gertler
President, University of Toronto
Address to the Empire Club of Canada

Full speech and graphics available at the University of Toronto website, here.

My main argument is a simple one: at...

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Introducing RBC Future Launch: A 10-year, $500 million commitment from RBC to help prepare youth for the future of work.

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Hear from some of Canada’s post-secondary leaders and talent experts on the challenges of opportunities in preparing Canadians for the future. This video features Elizabeth Cannon, (University  of Calgary), Richard Florizone (Dalhousie University), Michael Naufal...

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Students, startups, big companies and not-for-profit organizations agree: Work-integrated learning programs like co-ops and internships make sense for both students and employers.