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What is a Workforce Board?

The Eastern Workforce Innovation Board is one of 21 boards that comprise “Workforce Ontario – Leaders in Workforce Planning.” These local boards are non-profit, community based organizations comprised of volunteers from business, labour, education and community groups. Our mission is to provide leadership in labour market planning across Ontario through a collaborative forum.

The Eastern Workforce Innovation Board has been operating since December 1996. All Local Workforce Boards are funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under Employment Ontario. As our key partners they assist us in the development of our yearly project goals to our local communities. Over the past 16 years, the board has partnered in over 120 projects addressing labour market issues in our region. Physically located in Gananoque, its area of responsibility includes the counties of Leeds and Grenville, Frontenac and the Township of Loyalist covering communities such as Kingston, Brockville, Gananoque, Prescott, Kemptville, Bath, Cardinal, Sharbot Lake and many more.

Role In Your Community

The role of the workforce development boards is to engage their communities and Community Partners in a region wide labour market research and planning process that leads to cooperative efforts among partners to find local solutions to local issues.

To achieve this objective, local boards undertake the following activities:

Development and implementation of a Local Labour Market Plan (LLMP) process: a series of activities led by each local board in their area that includes;

Once labour market issues are identified, the local board works with community partners to developing a plan of action which will be implemented by the community the following year. The goal of this plan of action is to meet the changing labour market needs of the community, which the local board serves.

  • The production of Census profiles
  • Research of Local Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Consultation with community partners & stakeholders to discuss and prioritize issues, trends, opportunities and priorities

Local boards have proven themselves as “catalysts for positive change” to labour market conditions at the community level. Through their work in developing and fostering relationships with key partners and stakeholders, they continue to support and strengthen local labour market planning within their community.

Workforce Board of Directors

Chair/LabourMartin Santyr
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Vice Chair/BusinessGeorge Horton
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Treasurer/LabourSam Laldin
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Labour RepDale Jones
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John Holmes
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Persons with Disabilities
Visible Minority RepSam Laldin
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Directors at LargeWendy Vuyk
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Teanne Larocque
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FrancophoneDiane Kirkby
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BusinessDavid Paul
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Liam McMunagle
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YouthJonathan Oosterman
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Workforce Staff

Executive DirectorFrank O’Hearn
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Project ManagerMaureen Keeler
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