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Chief Executive Officer
Valerie.Walker@bher.ca

Val Walker leads the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that brings together some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. As CEO, Val drives...

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Vice-President, Corporate Services
jennifer.riopelle@bher.ca

As Vice-President of Corporate Services for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Jennifer is responsible for leading BHER’s core operations and services. Her primary duties include internal operations, membership...

Matt McKean
Chief R&D Officer
matthew.mckean@bher.ca

Matthew McKean is BHER's Chief R&D Officer. He leads BHER with Val and Jenn and oversees the organization's diverse and growing member-driven research and programming agendas. Areas of focus include...

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Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning
Andrew.Bieler@bher.ca

As Director of Partnerships & Experiential Learning for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Andrew manages all aspects of research project development and delivery. Andrew joins from the Conference Board...

Sara Miller
Program Manager, Work-Integrated Learning
sara.miller@bher.ca

Sara has joined BHER as Program Manager and will be managing a pan-Canadian portfolio delivering work-integrated learning opportunities to post-secondary students. She is joining BHER with over 8 years of...

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Partnerships Coordinator and Stakeholder Relations, Work-Integrated Learning
tiffany.flecknell@bher.ca

Tiffany has 6 years’ experience working in employment counselling and programming with the Government of New Brunswick. She brings a client-centered approach to her work and focuses on building strong...

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Senior Partnerships Coordinator & Stakeholder Relations, Work-Integrated Learning
sarah.white@bher.ca

Sarah is a Senior Partnerships Coordinator and Stakeholder Relations with BHER’s Work-Integrated Learning team. She is an empathetic, experienced, and client-focused relationship manager who is practiced in creating and developing...

Kris Erickson
Senior R&D Associate
Kris.Erickson@bher.ca

Kris Erickson, PhD, is BHER's Senior Research Associate, bringing over 10 years of experience as an applied social researcher and educational leader in postsecondary education, youth employment policy, and cross-sector partnership...

Nazila Mirani
Program Manager
nazila.mirani@bher.ca

Nazila is a dedicated project manager with a PMP certification, and a career predominantly centered on non-profit organizations. Her extensive background includes serving as a Project Manager at Lighthouse Labs...

Michele Manocchi
Senior R&D Manager
michele.manocchi@bher.ca

Michele brings over 25 years of research and consulting experience between Italy and Canada in various industries and sectors. After earning his Ph.D. in Comparative Social Research (University of Turin...

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Junior R&D Associate
nour.elatreby@bher.ca

Nouran is a Junior Research and Development Associate at BHER. She previously conducted research on innovation and skills, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and work-integrated learning as an R&D Intern at...

Preet Mondair
Senior R&D Associate
preet.mondair@bher.ca

Preet joins BHER as a Senior R&D Associate. She previously held research positions with the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Conference Board of...

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Executive Coordinator
crystal.kwan@bher.ca

Crystal brings forth a broad range of experiences in education, research, business, and administration, as well as a passion for higher education. Prior to joining BHER, Crystal worked with an...

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Senior Finance Officer
wen.qian@bher.ca

As Senior Finance Officer, Wen organizes and streamlines BHER's accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, maintains finance documentation and records to ensure correctness and promptness of finance deliverables. Wen holds...

Husaina Lakdawala
R&D Intern
husaina.lakdawala@bher.ca

Husaina is a graduate candidate at the University of Toronto - Munk School, pursuing a master's degree in Global Affairs. With a keen interest in strategic thinking, global trade policy...

Tom Young
Junior R&D Associate
tom.young@bher.ca

Tom is currently pursuing his master’s of arts at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. His area of focus is work-integrated learning (WIL) and...

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Communications Specialist
kirstie.gomes@bher.ca

As the Communications Specialist with Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Kirstie develops and executes communications strategies to elevate BHER's brand identity and increase awareness. Prior to joining BHER, Kirstie spent...

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Senior Content Specialist
sunny.chan@bher.ca

Sunny Chan is BHER's Senior Content Specialist. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has over seven years of experience in career education and WIL...

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R&D Associate
carmela.busi@bher.ca

Carmela joins BHER as a Research and Development Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master’s in Research for...