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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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Director, Corporate Services
jennifer.riopelle@bher.ca

As Director 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. In this role, he leads BHER's work-integrated learning program (WIL), COVID Response work, and applied research and development activities. Prior to joining BHER...

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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...

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Senior Manager, Communications
Tina.Romito@bher.ca

As the Senior Manager, Communications, Tina Romito works with the BHER team to develop and implement the organization’s internal and external communications strategies.  Tina is a veteran in political journalism...

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Program Manager
pia.chin@bher.ca

As Program Manager, Pia manages all partner relationships across a pan-Canadian portfolio leading to the creation of thousands of new work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students. Prior to joining BHER...

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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 Lead, Research and Development
maria.giammarco@bher.ca

Maria is a Senior Lead of Research & Development at BHER, and oversees project management and delivery, stakeholder engagement, partnership support, and knowledge mobilization for BHER’s portfolio of work on...

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Senior Lead, Research and Development
Stephen.Higham@bher.ca

As a Senior Lead of R&D, Steve helps the Business + Higher Education Roundtable’s design, develop and carry out projects. He also supports stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and knowledge mobilization...

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Senior Lead, Research and Development
carolyn.hatch@bher.ca

As Senior Lead, Research and Development, Carolyn will design, develop, and carry out projects and key initiatives that are core to BHER’s COVID Response and R&D work. Current projects are...

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Associate, Research and Development
cynthia.kumah@bher.ca

Cynthia is an Associate, Research and Development. Her background is in Research and Information management in higher education. She previously held a research position at the Conference Board of Canada...

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Associate, Research and Development
ankita.verma@bher.ca

Ankita Verma has joined BHER as a Research and Development Associate and will be working on projects to support COVID-19 recovery in the skills sector.
She has a background in...

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Associate, Research and Development
nilanee.koneswaran@bher.ca

Nilanee Koneswaran is a recent graduate from the Master of Public Policy Program from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. Prior to joining BHER, she interned for...

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Associate, Research and Development
bea.libchaber@bher.ca

As Associate, Research and Development, Béa will help design, develop, and carry out projects that are core to BHER’s COVID Response and Innovation mandates. She will also support the ongoing program needs...

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Program Associate
alexis.gunawardena@bher.ca

As an Associate, Alexis works to plan and execute ongoing activities related to Canada
Comeback Challenge. Throughout her career she has also held convening and
communications related positions in the public...

Gabriela Trigo
Associate, Canada Comeback Challenge
Gabriela.Trigo@bher.ca

As Associate, Canada Comeback Challenge, at the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Gabriela works to plan and execute upcoming iterations of the Canada Comeback Challenge. 

Gabriela is a Queen’s...

Solène Jollivet
Associate, Communications and Knowledge Translation
Solene.Jollivet@bher.ca

As the Communications and Knowledge Translation Associate, Solène works collaboratively across the team to create compelling content to engage key stakeholders through knowledge translation strategies. Solène holds a Bachelor of...

Breenda Shah
Grants Administrator and Data Analyst
Breenda.Shah@bher.ca

As a WIL Grants Administrator & Data Analyst for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), Breenda works to develop a data strategy to collect, store, manage and analyze data...

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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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Finance Coordinator
wen.qian@bher.ca

As Finance Coordinator, 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 a...

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Intern, Communications
anuneet.kaur@bher.ca

Anuneet is a second year student at York University majoring in marketing. She is really enthusiastic about creating new things, helping others and marketing.

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Intern, R&D
nour.elatreby@bher.ca

Nour is currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto. She is in her third year of doing a Political Science Specialist with an English Minor. ...

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Intern, R&D
hannah.john@bher.ca

Hannah is an Intern, Research and Development at BHER and a final year honours student in Political Economy, majoring in Public Policy and Communications at St. Thomas University. Before joining...

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Intern, R&D
Ellie.hamilton@bher.ca

Ellie is a third year student at Concordia University's School of Community and Public Affairs. She is transitioning into policy research after working several years in the public sector. Her...

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Intern, R&D
done.dumi-leslie@bher.ca

Besindone Dumi-Leslie is a fourth-year economics student at the University of Alberta. She is interested in addressing issues around the distribution of work and opportunity disparities.
As a Research and...