Phone: (613) 288-3859
Val Walker leads the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). Made up of the heads of Canadian companies, universities and colleges, BHER works to support young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace, strengthen research collaboration between industry and institutions, and help Canadian employers and workers adapt to the economy of the future.
Beyond this work, Val serves as co-chair of the Future Skills Council – a group established by the Government of Canada to advise on national and regional skills development and training priorities. She also speaks and advises regularly on innovation and talent.
Prior to taking over BHER, Val was the Director of Policy at Mitacs. She holds a PhD from McGill University and is an alumna of the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program.
Phone: (416) 220-4191
As Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) Isabelle leads BHER’s external communications and supports its goals of boosting private sector and post-secondary research collaboration, boosting employment opportunities for young Canadians and helping businesses adapt to the economy of the future. Prior to this role, she worked as the Business Council’s communications officer, as a research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a BAH in history and political studies from Queen’s University and a Masters in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo.
With over two decades of software engineering experience at Nortel, Shopify and others, Andrea Ross has won awards as a software architect, software developer, educator and technology leader.
She has developed innovative technology solutions across sectors, spanning from education, healthcare, geospatial, government and more. An active educator for much of her career, Andrea has taught at multiple universities and mentored numerous industry apprenticeship programs.
At the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, Andrea connects the worlds of industry and institutions through her role as Director of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). Here, she leads BHER’s National WIL Strategy, working towards ensuring 100% of Canadian students can participate in a co-op, internship, apprenticeship, applied research project or other form of WIL.
Liam is a fourth-year student, currently enrolled in the Sprott School of Business’ Bachelor of Commerce program at Carleton University, with a concentration in accounting and a minor in economics. As an intern, Liam will be assisting the Business/Higher Education Roundtable in the areas of policy development, organizational/business support, and communications. His past experience includes roles with the federal government in the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy and as a Teaching Assistant with Carleton University. Liam’s hobbies/interests include sports and reading.
Julia is a fourth-year student at Queen’s University, currently enrolled in Political Studies and focusing on political theory and history. Julia was previously the Commissioner of Academic Affairs at the Queen’s University Alma Mater Society and the Vice-President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. As an intern, Julia will be assisting the Business/Higher Education Roundtable in the areas of policy development, organizational/business support, and communications. Julia’s hobbies/interests include reading and spending time outside.