Proudly serving Elgin, Middlesex, and Oxford counties since 1997
Who We Are
The Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board works to provide stakeholders with quality labour market information to make decisions which result in a thriving, viable economy.
Emilian Siman, Executive Director
For a span of several years, Emilian dedicated his expertise as the Senior Data Analyst at EMOWPDB. Beginning April 1, 2022, a thrilling development occurred as he was promoted to the position of Executive Director. This transition brought excitement not only to Emilian but also to the entire staff at the Workforce Planning Board.
Emilian’s extensive background in research and data analytics proves to be invaluable in tackling new evidence-based projects undertaken by the EMOWPDB. His wealth of knowledge in this realm empowers him to navigate complex initiatives with precision and insight. Furthermore, Emilian’s profound understanding of Labour Market Information contributes significantly to fostering meaningful community conversations surrounding workforce planning and development within the London Economic Region. His expertise serves as a catalyst for driving informed decision-making and shaping the future of the local workforce.
Emilian is originally from Romania, he speaks French and loves to travel. He is off making memories with his wife and daughter whenever he gets the chance, adding to his vast knowledge that only lived experiences can provide.
Jane Kempe, Office Administrator (part-time)
Jane has worked with the EMOWPDB since 2005. She is a valued member of our team and one of the first faces you’ll see if you visit us in the office. Within her role, Jane adeptly manages diverse administrative and bookkeeping tasks, ensuring the smooth operation of our daily functions. Additionally, Jane takes on the responsibility of serving as the Project Coordinator for the Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge.
During her leisure hours, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband and family, going for walks, bird watching, and relaxing by the water in Port Stanley and Grand Bend.
Bashir Adeyemo, Labour Market Analyst
At EMOWPDB, Bashir holds the position of our trusted Data Analyst. Over the past few years, he has diligently crafted a solid reputation as a reliable and meticulous expert in LMI (Labor Market Information). Bashir’s innovative thinking sets him apart, as he consistently goes the extra mile to ensure exceptional outcomes. When you seek a positive perspective, Bashir is the person to approach. Apart from his core responsibilities, he actively participates in multiple advisory committees and plays a pivotal role in driving key deliverables, such as the EmployerOne survey.
Bashir commits to a positive attitude, no matter what the obstacles or outcomes may be. He’s from Nigeria, he’s a loving father and husband, enjoys playing soccer, and is a life-long learner.
Angelique Guerard, Communications and Community Engagement Specialist
Angelique graduated from Fanshawe’s Broadcast Journalism program in April of 2022. During her time at Fanshawe, she was hired on as a full-time reporter for 106.9 the X. While working, she covered a multitude of sensitive breaking news stories as they happened in the community. These valuable experiences in journalism became the cornerstone of Angelique’s passion for communications as a professional path. Presently, Angelique assumes the responsibility of overseeing EMOWPDB’s communication materials. Her role encompasses a wide range of tasks, including managing social media platforms, designing reports, ensuring website updates, and more.
Angelique cherishes the simplicity of life, whether it’s spending quality time with her loved ones, engrossing herself in the pages of a captivating book, or enjoying the company of her magnificent 15-year-old rescue Chow Chow, Lana.
Our Board of Directors
Frances Shamley, Chair
“As a community-oriented person, I believe that when we work together and collaborate with one another, amazing things happen.
Projects that may have seemed impossible happen because of our partnerships and community -driven initiatives. This requires of us that we listen to one another and recognize the skills and energies that each partner brings to the table. When we utilize these strengths in developing our programs in innovative ways, all of our communities benefit.
The Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board works to bring our diverse partners together in as many ways as possible, to try to sustain a healthy and active labour force that works to provide employment and employment-related services for our community members.
As a mediator and an educator, I fully support that work. As a Board member, I am proud to be a member of this organization and work with such talented people.”
Mark Hacon, Vice-Chair
Mark’s professional career began as a manager of operations at one of the largest commercial H.V.A.C. companies in the industry. After 25 years, he transitioned into a management role with a national residential H.V.A.C. company. Mark spent a couple of years in retirement and returned to the business world when he joined the Oxford County Land Division Committee.
Mark is currently in his 7th year of service with this organization, and also sits on the Board of Directors for The Ontario Associate of Committee’s of Adjustment. Over seven years ago, looking for an additional challenge, he accepted a Director’s position with the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board.
Highlights for Mark include a glimpse into investigative analytics while working at the forensic building in Toronto, his 15 years with the Scouting organization, a flight in a WWII Harvard, and his five grandchildren.
Jean-Pierre Cantin, Treasurer
Jean-Pierre Cantin retired as the Executive Director of Carrefour communautaire francophone de London, a community organization serving the Francophone community in London and surrounding areas.
Previously, he was the Programs and Services Director for Central South-West Region for Collège Boréal in charge of Employment and Immigration Services.
Katherine Englander, Secretary
“My personal and company brand is about ethics, integrity, team building and perseverance. I endeavour to coach people and teams to be their most productive.”
Katherine holds a BA in French and psychology; a Certificate in Human Resources Management, an HR Business Partner Certificate, is a certified Life Coach, a Personality Dimensions facilitator and she is the founder of HRP4B Inc. She has been teaching part-time at Fanshawe for over 12 years.
Katherine built HRP4B based on over 30 years of working experience in Human Resources. Katherine worked closely with Hicks Morley Labour Lawyers in her first HR position and gained a strong understanding of compliance as well as grievance management. Since then, she has held a number of HR Management positions and worked for two different recruiting firms, as both a Staffing Specialist and a Branch Manager. She enjoys life in Port Stanley with her spouse Brad and miniature rescue poodle Piper. Brad and Katherine have 5 adult children.
Dan Fish, Director
Dan was an Automotive Vehicle Technician prior to working for the Thames Valley District School Board.
He has worked for the Thames Valley District School board for the past 29 years.
Currently Dan is serving as a Learning Coordinator for Tech, Co-op and SHSM.
He takes great pride in offering excellent support for schools, programs and teachers to support the learning opportunities for students.
Lance Ceaser, Director
Lance is a two-time graduate of Western University (Honours B.A. in English, 1992; LLB, 2002) and has a Master’s Degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick (1995). At Western, Lance was recognized with a number of awards in labour, employment, corporate and income tax law, and was named the Gold Medallist of his graduating class.
Lance was an Associate lawyer in a boutique labour and employment law firm for a number of years, and held the position of Senior Legal Counsel – Employment Law at BlackBerry (formerly “Research In Motion”) for 4 years. In March 2014, Lance “returned” to London and opened his own labour and employment law practice, Ceaser Work Counsel, advising and representing employers in all types of employment-related matters including union organizing and certification proceedings, collective bargaining and labour arbitration, wrongful dismissal and ESA claims, WSIB and Occupational Health and Safety proceedings, and in human rights matters. He has published papers and presented seminars on a variety of labour and employment law topics, and offers regular updates on these subjects through LinkedIn.
Doug Butler, Director
Doug currently volunteers with various community groups in the Elgin-St. Thomas area. He previously worked with the United Way Elgin Middlesex as a Community Impact Coordinator after volunteering on the Board of the United Way Elgin-St. Thomas including two terms as President.
Doug has worked in the automotive manufacturing sector, for the Southwest Economic Alliance as an outreach coordinator, and with the United Way Waterloo Region as a Workplace Development Officer.
As a Hermie Kreuger Memorial Award winner, Doug’s passion to better the lives of our communities is recognized. As an honours graduate of the Addictions and Community Services Program at London’s Everest College, Doug is familiar with the needs of various populations. His community commitment was established through two decades of volunteering with a wide range of groups, and on various projects that supported community building.
Lisa Schwerzmann, Director
Associate Dean – Fanshawe College
School of Access Studies and Regional Delivery
Abdoulaye Sako, Director
Regional Manager – Collège Boréal
Jack Smit, Municipal Representative
Jack is very pleased to join the Workforce Planning board as an ex officio member representing the City of London Social and Health Development. As the Manager of Employment Strategies, Life Stabilization for the City, Jack’s work focuses on strategic responses, community involvement, partnership development and on attaining employment outcomes. As part of this role, Jack works with community partners related to employment and supports for individuals on their path towards employment.
Prior to joining the City, Jack has worked for many years in Employment; as a career counsellor at Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a business advisor at the Small Business Centre as well as Business Manager at Family Service Thames Valley promoting positive mental health in the workplace.
Jack received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and a designation as Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA – CMA).