The Business + Higher Education Roundtable regularly publishes articles, letters, reports and speeches to inform and contribute to the debate on issues affecting Canadian research and innovation, skill development and industry/institution collaboration. Choose one of the publication types below to access recently released publications.


Feds get skills training right in budget

This is an excerpt from an article written by Val Walker, Executive Director of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable. It can be read in full at The Hill Times

I can say with confidence that …

The future of work and learning

This is an excerpt from an article written by Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University and Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates. It can be read in full at The Chronicle Herald


Letter to the Finance Minister regarding innovation, skills and work-integrated learning

Dear Minister Morneau,

In Budget 2018, you highlighted the need to position Canadians for success in the global economy by supporting new and innovative approaches to skills development.

Already, your government has invested in a …

Letter to The Honourable Patty Hajdu on work-integrated learning

Dear Minister Hadju,

As the co-chairs of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), we are writing to extend our congratulations on the Government’s recent budget. We were pleased to see such a strong focus on skills …


Investing in a Resilient Canadian Workforce: Business Council of Canada Skills Survey 2020

New technologies, demographic shifts and global volatility are just a few of the forces affecting workplaces around the globe. 

Canadian employers are responding to the rapid pace of change by looking for ways to build

Remarks to the Standing Committee on Finance – Pre-Budget Consultations

Delivered by Valerie Walker, Executive Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable

Mr. Chair, committee members, thank you for inviting me here today.

The Business/Higher Education Roundtable – BHER, for short – brings together the leaders of
some …


Dave McKay, President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada: “An agile future through work-integrated learning”

Excerpt from a speech to the the Universities Canada Governing Council Chamber meeting: An agile future through work-integrated learning

“I’d like to speak to you today, as one CEO to others. Speak to you as someone who is leading an organization through a disruptive and disrupting world, to you, leaders who are also wrestling with your own seismic changes.

I will comment on the great disruptions that both our sectors are in the midst of. And what we as leaders can do to ensure the outcome is not only positive …

21st Century Education

Except from remarks by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor to the Economic Club of Canada in March 2016.

“Working together, our universities can give our students, our communities, our industries, and our country a sustainable competitive advantage.

A competitive advantage designed for the 4th industrial revolution — the new knowledge economy.

We’re building on strong foundations.

Our existing innovation capacity continues to be world class.

The quality of the talent we are producing is world class.

The demand from local industry to access both of these Ontario resources is …