With an equal balance of business and post-secondary leaders, BHER represents major sectors of the economy, regions of the country and the diversity of Canada’s higher education community. Three co-Chairs provide strategic direction, establish BHER’s vision and spearhead its initiatives.

Elizabeth Cannon

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Cannon served as dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. Dr. Cannon is a Professional Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering.

Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Canada Research Knowledge Network, Vice-Chair of Universities Canada and of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, as well as a member of the federal Minister of Industry’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council.

An expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 in both industrial and academic environments, and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide.

Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Acadia University.

Tom Jenkins

Chairman of the Board of OpenText Corporation

Tom Jenkins is Chairman of the Board of OpenText and has served as a member of its board since 1994. Prior to that, he served in several managerial and technical capacities at various technology companies.

Active for more than 30 years in innovation and economic development in both the private and public sectors in Canada, Mr. Jenkins serves on numerous corporate boards and is the Chair of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Mr. Jenkins is the tenth Chancellor of the University of Waterloo and the Chair of advisory board of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. He is a founder of Communitech in Waterloo.

Mr. Jenkins was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (QDJM). An Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) for his contributions to education and innovation in Canada, Mr. Jenkins has received honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and the Royal Military College of Canada.

Anne Sado

President of George Brown College

A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.

Beyond her role at George Brown, she also sits on the boards of numerous organizations, which give her a 360-degree perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA.

Ms. Sado received one of the country’s highest civilian honours in June 2013 when she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. She was also recognized as one of YWCA’s 2012 Women of Distinction in Education, and became the first college president to be inducted into the Women’s Executive Network™ Hall of Fame after being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Ms. Sado holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. A past chair of Polytechnics Canada, she was also awarded a Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto in June 2011.