As Vice President, Talent and Skills, Val Walker leads the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). Made up of the heads of Canadian companies, universities and colleges, BHER works to support young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace, strengthen research collaboration between industry and institutions, and help Canadian employers as they adapt to the economy of the future.
Beyond this work, Val consults and advises government officials, academics and private sector leaders on changing trends in training and skill development and speaks regularly on innovation and talent.
Prior to joining the Council, 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.