Who We Are

Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin (WPSM) is a not-for-profit organization located in Sudbury, Ontario serving Greater Sudbury and the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin. WPSM was founded in 1997 and is one of 26 workforce planning boards across Ontario funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

WPSM conducts research and provides labour market information on industry and workforce trends from both a supply and demand perspective. As a hub, WPSM connects stakeholders from various sectors and collaborates on partnership projects, activities and programs to address current and emerging labour market issues, and to support economic growth and development.

Our Mission

To coordinate identified education and training needs in order to generate opportunities for the economic growth of the communities we serve.

Our Mandate

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Labour Market Information (LMI)

Identify trends, gaps and emerging issues in various labour market sectors (demand and supply) across the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin, and produce an annual labour market report

Planning and Partnerships

Support or lead new and innovative partnerships, programs and activities to address current and projected labour market issues

Analysis

Conduct research into current and projected labour market needs and trends, participate in northern research projects and analyze available data

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Advice

Act as an objective and neutral third party voice at local planning tables and discussions on labour market issues, including those targeting workforce growth and economic development

Our Board

At the core of WPSM is a dedicated group of volunteer Board members who represent important constituencies. This includes representation from: Business/Industry; Labour/Unions; Education; Employment/Training; and others such as Francophones, Persons with Disabilities, Youth and Immigrants.

Each member has unique knowledge about specific aspects of the labour market. This helps WPSM remain current in its understanding of labour market issues affecting all of these sectors.

Executive Committee Members

  • Alain Arseneault, Labour Co-Chair
  • Denis Shank, Business Co-Chair
  • Mariette Dignard-Dubé, Treasurer
  • Nancy Raymond, Secretary

Labour Representatives

  • Alain Arseneault, Worker Health and Safety Representative, USW Local 6500 (United Steel Workers)
  • Nicholas J. Warus, Business Manager, UA Local 800 (United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry)
  • Rheal Gelinas, Representative/Organizer, Local 2486 (Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario)
  • Other, TBD

Business Representatives

  • Denis Shank, Executive Director, NOCA (Northeastern Ontario Construction Association)
  • Michael Addison, General Manager, LAMBAC (LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation)
  • Others, TBD

Education/Training Representatives

  • Karen Makela, General Manager, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario, Employment and Immigrant Services
  • Nancy Raymond, Director, Office of Advancement, Collège Boréal
  • Ron Sarazin, Employment Unit Coordinator, Gezhtoojig Employment &Training
  • Leo Leclair, Secondary School Teacher, Rainbow District School Board

Equity Representatives

  • Mariette Dignard-Dubé, Francophones
  • David Vares, Youth
  • Craig Ticalo, Lawyer, Persons with Disabilities
  • Maryse Thamby, Employer Outreach Officer, PNN (Professions North/Nord): Internationally Trained Workers/Immigrants

Ex-officio Government Representatives

  • Lisa Brosseau, Employment Training Consultant, MAESD (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development)
  • Vivienne Martin, Employment Support Services, City of Greater Sudbury
  • Anne Quenneville, Ontario Works Program Supervisor, Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board

Our Staff

Reggie Caverson
Executive Director
exec@planningourworkforce.ca

Colleen Johnson Malette
Administrative Assistant
info@planningourworkforce.ca

Dawn Graham
Project Coordinator
intern@planningourworkforce.ca

Margaret Tonkovic
Research Assistant Intern
lmi@planningourworkforce.ca

Workforce Planning Ontario

Workforce Planning Ontario is a network of 26 workforce planning boards covering four regions across the province. Workforce planning boards gather intelligence about the supply and demand side of the local labour market and work in partnership with employers, employment services, educators, researchers, economic development, government and other stakeholders to identify, understand and address labour market issues. This includes supporting and coordinating local responses to meet current and emerging workforce needs.

Given the unique geography and labour market factors that impact northern Ontario, all 6 workforce planning boards in the north have also collaborated to form NOWP (Northern Ontario Workforce Planning). NOWP works together on relevant research projects, partnerships and northern LMI reports.

Job Opportunities

None at this time
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