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Val Walker

Chief Executive Officer


Phone: (613) 325-9820

Val Walker leads the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). Beyond 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.

Hormuz Dadabhoy

Director of Operations


As Director of Operations for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Hormuz is responsible for leading BHER’s overall strategy and corporate development. His primary duties include board and membership engagement, governance and product development. 

Hormuz comes to BHER from RBC Ventures. Prior to that, Hormuz was with RBC’s personal and commercial banking group and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. He holds an Honours Bachelor or Arts from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree from Oxford University.

Malcolm Anderson

Acting Director of Work-Integrated Learning


Malcolm is the Director for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable’s (BHER) Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) initiative. He comes from a career in work-integrated learning, evaluation, performance measurement, and organizational reviews.

Malcolm worked previously with various organizations in the WIL ecosystem such as Toronto Finance International, the Mining Industry Human Resources Council, Venture for Canada, and Mitacs. He also previously conducted research and was a member of the faculty at Queen’s University.

Samira Afrand

Senior Lead, Business Development and Partnerships


Samira is the Senior Lead for Business Development & Partnerships for Business/ Higher Education Roundtable’s (BHER) Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) initiative. With over a decade of partnership and business development expertise, Samira has a robust track record of identifying opportunities and bridging the gap between organizations. 

In her previous roles, Samira delivered relationship management expertise on building Canadian technology and research and development expertise by working with various players such as post-secondary institutions, government sectors, and private entities.

Victoria Chappell

Associate, Policy & Executive Support


As Associate, Policy and Executive Support for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Victoria works to support BHER’s member relations and governance.Prior to this role, Victoria served as the Undergraduate Student Trustee on the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, finding interest in institutional governance and organizational management. During her degree, she also undertook a professional research position in epidemiology. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, specializing in Epidemiology.

Brianna Workman

Associate, Communications


As Associate, Communications for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Brianna manages BHER’s strategic communications. This includes brand management, event preparation and government relations. Prior to this role, Brianna served on the St. Thomas University Students’ Union, New Brunswick Student Alliance, and Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, where her passion for work-integrated learning (WIL) was fostered.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from St. Thomas University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Political Management at Carleton University.

Deanna Di Vito

Associate, Work-Integrated Learning Partnerships


As Associate, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Partnerships for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Deanna works to engage and align stakeholders around talent development and innovation as common interests, to help make the vision of WIL a reality for young Canadians. 

Prior to this role, Deanna worked with Parks Canada and eCampus Ontario. She also volunteered with Scouts Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration (Honours) from the University of Waterloo, specializing in mathematics, geography and tourism, and collaborative design. 

Liam Daher

Associate, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Special Projects


As Associate, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Special Projects for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Liam contributes to the operational and strategic execution of BHER’s WIL initiative. Liam’s past work with BHER includes a summer internship, he focused on policy and organizational development.

Prior to this role, Liam worked with the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada and as a Teaching Assistant with Carleton University. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in accounting and a minor in economics from Carleton University.

Gabi Trigo

Intern, Policy & Communications


Gabriela is currently participating in the Queen’s University Internship Program as an intern for the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). During her 12-month internship at BHER, Gabriela will be assisting in the areas of policy development, organizational and business support, and communications. 

Gabriela is a fourth-year student at Queen’s University majoring in Global Development and minoring in Environmental Studies. She has volunteered previously with CARE Canada as a public policy advocacy intern. Her hobbies and interests include travelling, hiking, reading, and going to the gym.

Sarah Terpstra

Office Manager & Executive Assistant


As Office Manager, Sarah oversees the continued set-up, daily functions, and long-term planning of Business / Higher Education Roundtable’s (BHER) growing office. She also supports BHER’s CEO, Valerie Walker, as Executive Assistant.

Prior to this role, Sarah worked in communications at Innovative Medicines Canada where she supported the Executive Director and communications team. She comes to BHER with 13 years of sales, client support and administrative experience in her portfolio. Sarah holds a diploma in Biotechnology from St. Lawrence College.