Contact Us

For information on the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, please contact us at

You can also find us on Twitter at @BHERCanada.

Val Walker

Vice President of Talent and Skills, Business Council of Canada


Phone: (613) 288-3859

Valerie Walker is Vice President of Talent and Skills at the Business Council of Canada, a not-for-profit organization composed of the CEOs of 150 leading Canadian companies. Founded in 1976, the Business Council engages in an active program of research, consultation, and advocacy on economic and social issues of national importance.

In her role at the Council, Val provides leadership and direction to 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 as they adapt to the economy of the future.

Beyond this work, Val consults and advises government officials, academics and private sector leaders on changing trends in training and skill development.

Prior to joining the Council, 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.

Isabelle Duchaine



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.