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Valerie Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Business + Higher Education Roundtable

skills, innovation, talent, future of work, work-integrated learning (WIL), workforce development, transition from school to work, collaboration between employers and educators, research collaborators


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Val Walker leads the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), which 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. Beyond her work with BHER, Val serves as co-chair of the Future Skills Council – a group established by the Government of Canada to advise on national and regional skills development and training priorities. She also speaks and advises regularly on innovation and talent. Prior to BHER, Val was the Director of Policy at Mitacs. She holds a PhD from McGill University and is an alumna of the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders Program.


  • skills
  • innovation
  • talent
  • future of work,
  • work-integrated learning (WIL)
  • workforce development
  • transition from school to work
  • collaboration between employers and educators
  • research collaborators

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