Deloitte Canada, Carleton University, and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology join the Business + Higher Education Roundtable

Ottawa, ON – The Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) welcomes its newest members: Deloitte Canada, Carleton University, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

BHER is first and foremost a member-driven organization. We look for members from Canada’s largest companies and leading post-secondary institutions who share our commitment to working together to solve the country’s biggest skills, talent, and innovation challenges.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Anthony Viel (Deloitte Canada), Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon (Carleton), and Laura Jo Gunter (NAIT) as BHER’s newest members,” says Dr. Val Walker, CEO, BHER. “They’re passionate and committed champions of working collaboratively within their communities and on the national stage. Like all BHER members, they are ready to roll up their sleeves to build consensus and drive meaningful change.”

On the heels of our new three-year strategic plan, BHER looks forward to leveraging our unique position as a connector and convenor to create a thriving Canada where everyone has an opportunity to reach their potential.


Anthony Viel, CEO, Deloitte Canada
“At Deloitte, we understand the sudden disruption education systems have faced in recent years, including the need to rapidly evolve to meet new needs of the digital age. These challenges are magnified by the immediate and medium-term skills shortage in many areas critical to Canada’s ability to thrive in 2030.  We look forward to tackling issues such as speed to workforce readiness, financial and operational efficiency, campus evolution and student engagement alongside BHER and its members.”

Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University
“At Carleton, we recognize the value of partnerships in challenging what’s possible and making our world a better place. Joining BHER will create synergies that will help grow the talent, research, and innovation that our country needs to drive social and economic renewal.”

Laura-Jo Gunter, President and CEO, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
“We look forward to working with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable, to tackle the issues facing our campus and community - especially when it comes to building skills for our students and boosting the potential for business innovation."

About the Business + Higher Education Roundtable: 
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. Learn more at

Media Contact: 
Tina Romito
Senior Manager, Communications
Business + Higher Education Roundtable

About Deloitte:
Deloitte provides audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights, and service to address clients’ most complex business challenges.

Our global Purpose is making an impact that matters. At Deloitte Canada, that translates into building a better future by accelerating and expanding access to knowledge. We believe we can achieve this Purpose by living our shared values to lead the way, serve with integrity, take care of each other, foster inclusion, and collaborate for measurable impact.
Media Contact:
Katie Watkins
National PR manager, Deloitte Canada

About Carleton University:
Carleton University was founded in 1942 to serve the community and educate returning World War II veterans. In the years since, Carleton has grown into one of the most resourceful and productive hubs of learning and growth. Consistently ranked as one of the best comprehensive universities in the country, Carleton is a research-intensive school with exciting programs and a strong community of more than 35,000 staff, faculty, and students.  

Media Contact: 
Steven Reid (he/him)
Carleton University Media Relations Officer

About NAIT:
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With over 34,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 percent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta. 

Media Contact:
Nicole Graham
NAIT Media Relations 

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