The Business/Higher Education Roundtable regularly publishes articles, letters, reports and speeches to inform and contribute to the debate on issues affecting Canadian research and innovation, skill development and industry/institution collaboration. Choose one of the publication types below to access recently released publications.


Building WIL programs isn’t an exercise in corporate philanthropy – it’s a smart way for businesses to get ahead

Apprenticeships, co-ops, internships or field placements. Applied research projects, service learning, bootcamps and hackathons. Call it experiential learning, out of classroom knowledge, or work-integrated learning (WIL), the challenge remains the same – students want more …

It’s human skills – not technical skills – that we need the most in today’s work force

We are living in a fourth industrial revolution – millions of jobs in sectors as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, and retail have the potential of being automated. A recent report by the Brookfield Institute for …


Letter to The Honourable Patty Hajdu on work-integrated learning

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 …

Letter to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Dear Minister Bains, 

As you consider the many ideas that have surfaced from your consultations on innovation, we are writing to provide you with our thoughts as the co-chairs of the Business Higher Education Roundtable …


Jobs, skills and the future of work — who’s saying what?

Will robots take all of the jobs? What kind of skills will employers need in 2027? How can people react to changing employment trends?

For the last few years, Canadian policy experts, thought leaders and …


Dave McKay, President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada: “An agile future through work-integrated learning”

Speech to the Universities Canada Governing Council Chamber meeting:
An agile future through work-integrated learning

April 27, 2016
Toronto, Ontario
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Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour for me to speak to you for your Annual Meeting today.

A few weeks ago, I was addressing our shareholders in Montreal at RBC’s Annual Meeting.

And since then, as I have been preparing for my remarks today, it has really struck me how, in many ways, we share the same challenges.

I, like you all, run a respected …

21st Century Education

Notes for Remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor to the Economic Club of Canada in March 2016.

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Thank you, and good afternoon everyone.

Pat (Horgan of IBM), thank you for the kind introduction.

And thank you also for IBM’s outstanding partnership with the University of Waterloo.

IBM is an innovation leader, and our partnership is a great example of what we’re discussing today.

Let me acknowledge some other valued partners:

  • Sheldon Levy, Deputy Minister
  • Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre
  • Members of the University of Waterloo