Alex Usher is president of Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA), a consulting firm that advises governments, institutions and corporations in the higher education sector on policy and strategy. In addition to being Canada’s most recognized expert on student financial aid, his policy work spans issues such as access to education, higher education finance and measurement of institutional performance. 

Overseas, his work spans six continents, and he works frequently for the European Commission, World Bank and other development agencies in Asia and Africa. Usher is also a fellow-in-residence at the CD Howe Institute, and writes a popular daily commentary on Canadian higher education called One Thought to Start Your Day.