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Alex Usher

Alex Usher

President, HESA

Alex Usher is President of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA), a consulting firm which advises governments, institutions and corporations in the higher education sector on policy and strategy. Alex’s early career included periods as National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and as Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

In the latter capacity, he co-authored two editions of the book The Price of Knowledge, which remains the definitive work on access and student finance in Canada. In 2003, he left the Foundation to head the Canadian office of the Educational Policy Institute, an organization which six years later became known as HESA. Since becoming a consultant, Alex has continued to work in student aid, providing assistance to Canadian governments as well as the World Bank, and governments in Tanzania, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.