Junior Business Development Associate


The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization bringing together some of Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions. Since 2015, BHER has worked to harness the strengths of Canada’s business and post-secondary education sectors to build opportunities for young Canadians, boost innovation and drive collaboration.

BHER has been growing steadily and is now seeking to hire an individual who will be responsible for generating business development prospects for its latest program, the Canada Comeback Challenge (C3). The program, as announced by the Prime Minister on June 25, will create up to 10,000 new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities by challenging student teams to develop solutions to real-world problems. For employers, this competition provides access to creative solutions to their most pressing challenges while also introducing them to the amazing talent at Canadian post-secondary institutions.  

Reporting to the Senior Lead for Partnerships & Business Development, the ideal candidate will be responsible for outreach of C3 to relevant stakeholders across Canada, sourcing new leads and ensuring effective measures to convert leads. The candidate must work collaboratively with other members of BHER to ensure successful program execution.

Specific Activities of the Junior Business Development Associate

  • Work in collaboration with the Senior Lead for Partnerships & Business Development to develop and execute on an outreach strategy for the purposes of C3 promotion,  lead creation and continual improvement to the engagement strategy
  • Create and research target lists of employer and employer associations for BHER’s priority sectors and regions 
  • Proactively reach out to stakeholders via cold calls and emails to grow interest in the C3 and follow that up with meetings to gather key insights and create action plans
  • Record all client/prospect communication on BHER’s CRM, ensuring that all details are up to date
  • Actively identify and engage internal & external resources to ensure a healthy pipeline of potential partners, and when needed, leverage relevant BHER stakeholders and management to expand outreach 
  • Support other members of the team as required 

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in business administration or a related field
  • Three to five years experience in sales, marketing or business development
  • Experience working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure
  • Effective critical / analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions.

This is a eight (8)-month contract, with an option to renew, that requires a passionate and driven employee who would like to work in an energetic, fast paced and multi-tasking environment.


Job Type: Contract; Full-time

Location: Canada wide

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Samira.Afrand@bher.ca