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 training and work-integrated learning (WIL). This is very much a focus of the key initiatives the Business/Higher Education is undertaking.
As you may be aware, BHER is a unique body that brings together the heads of some of Canada’s top companies and post-secondary institutions. Launched in 2015, its purpose is to strengthen collaboration between business and the education sector in support of three primary objectives: to assist young Canadians as they transition from school to work; to strengthen Canada’s research capacity; and to help Canadian employers adapt to the economy of the future.
As reflected in the Government’s budget, we live at a time of rapid innovation, disruptive new technologies and rising global competition for talent. The labour market that today’s graduates are entering is dramatically different from the one that awaited previous generations of Canadians. BHER, composed of 27 leaders from the private sector, universities, colleges and polytechnics, is committed to developing fresh approaches to the changes now taking place at the crossroads of business, education and employment. Collectively, the organizations we represent educate hundreds of thousands of students in diverse programs and employ millions of Canadians in a broad range of industry sectors and regions across the country.
BHER is focused on priority areas that align closely with the Government’s agenda on skills and your mandate:
Minister, we look forward to working with you. We have had discussions with your
officials about possible areas of collaboration. We would welcome an opportunity
to meet with you to explore how we can support you in ensuring young people get
the skills they need to pursue rewarding, successful careers in a strong and growing
Chair of the Board
George Brown College
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon
University of Calgary