BHER works alongside a network of informed participants in Canada’s business and post-secondary sectors, as well as in government.
The Canadian Mobility and Aerospace Institute (CMAI) is a WIL partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
The partnership between BHER and CMAI will create 7500 new WIL experiences in the transportation and aerospace industry for students across Canada. The experiences will range from full-time and part-time WIL, to capstone projects and micro-WIL opportunities. Micro-WIL experiences allow students to apply theory learned in class to real-world projects presented by employers in the sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for a pan-Canadian expansion of online micro-WIL, given that these opportunities are more flexible and accessible for employers. Developing these quality opportunities serves as a strong foundation for expanding other types of WIL in the aerospace and mobility sector across Canada.
For more information about CMAI and their student placement tool, SPOT, visit their website: https://www.cmai-imaca.ca/
The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce (GKWCC) is a WIL partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
The partnership between BHER and GKWCC is aimed at creating 200 new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities with small businesses in the Kitchener Waterloo region, by expanding the Access Student Talent program. Access Student Talent is made possible by a $367,853 investment from the Government of Canada through BHER. This support will allow the GKWCC to increase small business participation in WIL by educating employers on WIL, building new connections between employers and post-secondary institutions, and creating important resources.
For more information about Access Student Talent can be found here.
The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) is a research partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
HEQCO and BHER are currently working in partnership to conduct research that will improve collective understanding of microcredentials to inform future development and delivery. Microcredentials are credentials tied to short, flexible learning opportunities that are focussed on specific skills or knowledge. BHER and HEQCO will examine the perceived and potential value of microcredentials by engaging employers, post-secondary institutions and prospective students across Canada. The outcome of this work will inform strategic approaches to microcredential development and delivery. If you are an employer or post-secondary institution and would like to participate in the project by completing the survey, email BHER’s Associate, Corporate Development, Victoria Chappell, at Victoria.Chappell@bher.ca.
The Conference Board of Canada is a WIL product development partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
The Conference Board of Canada and BHER are currently working together to engage in a Canada-wide conversation about the role of work-integrated learning (WIL) in supporting recruitment, training and future talent needs during economic recovery. The consultations will be conducted through a series of online focus groups that will engage regional and national partners to advance small to medium enterprise participation in WIL. The focus groups will be held in two phases and will target key sectors with capacity for WIL. Phase 1 focus groups will begin in summer 2020 and Phase 2 consultations will be held early in the fall 2020. Learn more about this national dialogue and how to get involved here.
The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWL Canada) is a WIL partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWL Canada) have a formal Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) partnership on the BHER and CEWIL Grant Initiative. This one million dollar collaborative grant-based funding initiative provided by BHER through the Government of Canada is aimed at creating WIL opportunities across Canada. Together, BHER and CEWIL will strike a Steering Committee to oversee a competitive grant process. The funding will go to employers or employer associations and provide resources for joint partnerships with post-secondary institutions. Employers and associations will be able to apply for funds for an initial one-year period, with the possibility for renewal in the second year.
Interested parties can learn more about the BHER and CEWIL Grant Initiative by emailing BHER’s Director of Work-Integrated Learning, Malcolm Anderson at Malcolm.Anderson@bher.ca.
Riipen is a WIL partner for the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
BHER and Riipen share a common goal of supporting young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace. This partnership is focused on deepening the collaboration that exists between industry and educational institutions, and helping Canadian employers and workers adapt to the economy of the future. BHER and Riipen’s collaborative partnership has a unique focus on broadening access to work-integrated learning by directing a minimum of 10 per cent of the total placements created to under-represented students and students in rural and remote areas and engaging 1,200 new small and medium-sized business and not-for-profit partners. This partnership is made possible by a $2.6 million dollar investment from the Government of Canada and in kind support from Riipen to deliver 12,000 new work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences across Canada by March 2022.
Interested parties can learn more about the partnership and sign up to receive information here.
The Government of Canada is a funding partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
Through the department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), the Government of Canada works in partnership on the Business / Higher Education Roundtable’s (BHER) flagship work-integrated learning (WIL) initiative. Since 2019, BHER has been working with the Government of Canada to promote the value of WIL and build a network of partners to advance and strengthen the WIL ecosystem. This partnership is guided by the goal to create 44,000 WIL opportunities for students by 2020-2021.
The Business Council of Canada is a funding partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER).
Founded in 1976, the Business Council of Canada is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization representing business leaders in every region and sector of the country. The Council’s member companies employ 1.7 million Canadians, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private-sector investments in research and development. Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, Business Council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes, in every part of Canada. Learn more at thebusinesscouncil.ca.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is a strategic partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) in the post-secondary education sector.
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities. Learn more at collegesinstitutes.ca.
Polytechnics Canada is a strategic partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) in the post-secondary education sector.
Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. Our mission is policy advocacy for federal action related to innovation and skills. Learn more at polytechnicscanada.ca.
Universities Canada is a strategic partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) in the post-secondary education sector.
Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, at home and abroad. Universities Canada is a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada, formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, advances the mission of our member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world. Learn more at univcan.ca.
The U15 is a strategic partner of the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) in the post-secondary education sector.
The U15 represents 15 of Canada’s leading research universities. Combined, U15 members undertake about $8.5B worth of research annually and are home to more than 615,000 students. U15 institutions perform about $713M in business funded research, which represents 80% of the national total. U15 researchers are also awarded about 80% of competitive federal research grants. Learn more at U15.ca.