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 Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
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.
To coordinate identified education and training needs in order to generate opportunities for the economic growth of the communities we serve.
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
Conduct research into current and projected labour market needs and trends, participate in northern research projects and analyze available data
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
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
- 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)
- Derik McArthur, Director, UFCW Local 175 & 633 (United Food and Commercial Workers)
- Denis Shank, Executive Director, NOCA (Northeastern Ontario Construction Association)
- Michael Addison, General Manager, LAMBAC (LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation)
- Gilles Brunet, Manager, Policy, Planning and Coordination, FedNor – Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development Canada / Government of Canada
- Syed Raza, Policy & Communication Manager, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
- Karen Makela, General Manager, YMCA of Northeastern Ontario, Employment and Immigrant Services
- Nancy Raymond, Director, Office of Advancement, Collège Boréal
- Rachael George, Apatisiwin Employment Coordinator, N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
- Mariette Dignard-Dubé, Francophones
- David Vares, Youth
- Craig Ticalo, Lawyer, Persons with Disabilities
- Maryse Thamby, Coordinator, Employer Engagement & Mentorships, PNN (Professions North/Nord): Internationally Trained Professionals
Ex-officio Government Representatives
- Lisa Brosseau, Employment Training Consultant, MTCU (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities)
- Vivienne Martin, Employment Support Services, City of Greater Sudbury
- Anne Quenneville, Ontario Works Program Supervisor, Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board
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.