About Us

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.

Our aim is to help improve the coordination of community responses to labour market issues and needs.

We do this by:

  • Developing and executing programs to meet the needs of employers and job seekers
  • Putting forth action plans and data reports that are local and current
  • Teaching our audience how to make best use of labour market information
  • Working with employers to identify their current and emerging skills needs
  • Sharing information with current job seekers, local employment services, and with future job seekers (students) through formal education systems
  • Connecting with, advising on, and contributing to other organization’s initiative committees

The Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board is one of 26 organizations across the province forming the Workforce Planning Ontario network.

Our Team

Emilian Siman, Executive Director

Emilian worked with EMOWPDB for several years as Senior Data Analyst. Starting with April 1, 2022 he was promoted to Executive Director, an exciting transition for him and the staff at EMOWPDB. He benefits from an extensive research and data analysis experience, which will be helpful in dealing with new evidence-based projects run by EMOWPDB. Also, Emilian brings widespread knowledge of Labour Market Information to the community conversations regarding workforce planning and development in the London Economic Region.

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. Jane takes care of the administrative and bookkeeping duties and also the project coordination for the Oxford Invitational Youth Robotics Challenge.

In her spare time, Jane is enjoying spending time with her husband and family, going for walks, bird watching, and spending time by the water in Port Stanley and Grand Bend.


Bashir Adeyemo, Data Analyst

Bashir is a trusted Data Analyst at EMOWPDB. He’s spent the last few years really building a strong reputation as an honest, detailed LMI expert. Bashir thinks outside the box, goes above and beyond to ensure quality outcomes, and he’s who you can turn to to hear a positive take. Bashir sits on many advisory committees and is the driver of some of our major deliverables, including 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. During her time at Fanshawe, she was hired on as a full-time reporter at 106.9 the X. While working, she covered a multitude of sensitive breaking news stories as they happened in the community. Her journalism experience is what she says paved the way for her interest in communications as a career. Angelique oversees EMOWPDB’s communication material, including social media, report design, website updates, and more.

Angelique’s heart belongs to her 15-year-old rescue Chow Chow, Lana. She also has a charming five-year-old rescue cat named Ron.


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).

Who We Work With