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Executive Director

Brad Labadie

Brad’s career includes over 20 years in the public sector and 6 years in the private sector food industry. For the past 13 years, he has been involved with labour market research and workforce development through both the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin and Centre for Workforce Development. He has lead some very innovative projects that addressed various labour market concerns as well as engaged communities to  focus on issues such as youth unemployment, misperceptions of manufacturing, providing an inclusive community and immigrant employment.

Contact Brad: [email protected]

Operations and Administrative Coordinator

Bonnie DeRushie

Bonnie has been with the Centre for Workforce Development for over 20 years, having started her career at the Board when it was known as the East Central Ontario Training Board. Reporting to the Executive Director, she is responsible for maintaining the Board finances and administration. With a solid background in project operations, you will often find her leading key Board projects in the community.

Contact Bonnie: [email protected]

Project Coordinator

Tara Macaulay

Tara is an experienced Project Coordinator who is leading our Ontario Labour Market Partnership project – “Elementary Skilled Trades”. This project is aimed at developing a series of workshops for students in Grades 5 to 8 that will inform them about what a skilled trade is, what is in-demand locally, courses they will need if trades interest them as well as what the education paths are into the trades.

Tara is available to answer questions you may have about the skilled trades path. She will also be working with members of the health care community on the next steps in developing a local Health Care HR Strategy.

Contact Tara: [email protected]

Project Coordinator

Greg Webb

Greg brings his many years of hospitality and event management to the Virtual Job Fairs project. This project was developed to assist Employment Ontario Employment Service Providers across Eastern Ontario to host standardized virtual job fairs that provide the best experience for both job seekers and employers.

Greg is available to answer your questions about the job fairs and how you as a job seeker or employer can participate in one being hosted in your area.

Contact Greg: [email protected]

Labour Market Information Analyst

Neelu Mehta

Neelu is an experienced community developer who is leading our new Labour Market Information Help Desk. Through the Help Desk page, you can submit requests for Labour Market Information.

Neelu is available Tuesday to Thursday to answer your labour market inquiries. She will also be leading the new Job Tools pages and Labour Market reports once this section has been established on our website. Watch for this to section to be launched in early July 2021!

Contact Neelu: [email protected]