Lena Balata

Prior to joining HEQCO, Lena worked as a data specialist and project lead at the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT). She has a strong understanding of postsecondary research, program evaluation and knowledge mobilization and is passionate about supporting equity of access in postsecondary education for underrepresented groups. Lena has worked closely with colleges and universities to develop policies and procedures that support student transfer pathways and success. She holds a MA in higher education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where she studied Canadian and Mexican Indigenous educational policies aimed at improving access to and success in postsecondary education.