Rural Roots Agri-Food Career Expo

Happening TODAY from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.! 🌱

Looking to connect with talented individuals passionate about agriculture and food production? Don’t miss out on this chance to showcase your organization, network with potential candidates, and cultivate meaningful connections.

📝 Register now:…

For any inquiries, feel free to reach out:

📞 (519) 842-9008 ext. 291


Jill of All Trades – October 5th, 2023

Fanshawe College is bringing you its first annual Jill of All Trades™ event on Thursday, October 5th, 2023!

It will be an eventful day with 90 students participating across six different activities from the mechanical, automotive and manufacturing sectors.

New Report Shows Area Nonprofits Still Struggling with Workforce Recovery

Nonprofit employers in the London region continue to face
severe human resources challenges and fewer signs of recovery than area businesses. In new
data published on May 31, 2023, nonprofits report greater difficulty than business employers in finding,
hiring and, especially, retaining qualified workers, continuing conditions that likely affect
equity-denied groups that make up much of the nonprofit workforce

Experiences of Discrimination Participant Recruitment

The St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership is conducting interviews in collaboration with a team of researchers at Western University about the experiences of discrimination that immigrants and racialized people may face in our community. We would like to invite you to participate in an online interview through Zoom to ask you about your experiences of discrimination in public spaces, workplaces, or with the police in our community in the last three years or since your arrival in Canada. To conduct the interview you will require a personal computer, tablet or cell phone enabled with a camera, microphone and internet connection.

The interview will take approximately one and a half hours, will be recorded and you will receive an electronic gift card for $30 (your choice of Tim Hortons or Walmart) to compensate you for your time. The interview will take place in English or, if needed and available, the interview could have an interpreter, or could be conducted by a researcher who speaks another language that you would prefer. You would then be asked questions in your preferred language and you would be free to answer in your preferred language as well.

Participation is completely voluntary and will not affect your relationship with the St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership. The information that you provide will be confidential and will not be attributed to you in any way.

Would you be interested in participating in this interview? If yes, please fill out the short pre-screen questionnaire at or through the QR code above.

One of the researchers will then contact you by email to set up an interview and provide you with the necessary documents for the interview.

Complete the EmployerOne Survey Now!

The EmployerOne survey is live! If you are a business owner or employer, please consider filling out this ten-minute survey.

EmployerOne asks questions about employers’ current workforce, changes, opportunities, separations, recruitment methods as well as education, skills and training needs. 

With your responses, we can begin to understand the actual needs of our local employers. From this information, we can develop programs and other initiatives to try and resolve some of the workforce challenges that directly affect your business!

This 10-minute survey is fully confidential and easy to complete!

EmployerOne is open now until January 31, 2023:

EmployerOne Survey Coming Soon

Next month employers of big and small businesses can complete the EmployerOne survey! This is an annual survey to help community planning organizations better understand our local business’ needs. We work with over 40 partners to ensure everyone is on the same page about what information we need to know from our local business owners.

Find out more here:

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2023

What is the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program?

CSJ provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, and public and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer employees. The purpose is to create quality summer work experiences for young Canadians aged 15 to 30.

Who can apply?

Not-for-profit organizations, public and private sector employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees. 

When can you apply?

You can apply for funding now until January 12, 2023, to hire young Canadians next summer. Full-time job placements will be available starting April 2023.

Yearly, Service Canada and Members of Parliament (MPs) establish national priorities to prioritize job opportunities for youth facing barriers in finding work – this year the priorities are:

  • Youth with disabilities;
  • Black and other racialized youth;
  • Indigenous youth;
  • Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that self-report as having leadership from groups that are under-represented in the labour market;
  • Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in environmental sectors

Starlim North America Corporation Job Fair

Friday, December 9, 2022: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10, 2022: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 325 Tartan Dr, London, ON N5V 5J6

Join the Starlim North America Team!

  • Production Team Members
  • Process Technicians
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • Facilities Maintenance Technicians
  • Electricians
  • Millwrights

Bring your resume with you and prepare to be interviewed on the spot!

Upcoming Session: Resister Now

Caregivers in the Workplace: November 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Are you or someone you know caring for a family member or friend while trying to meet demands at work? Are you an employer looking for strategies to better support and retain your employees?

In collaboration with the Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO), EMO Workforce Planning and Development Board presents “Caregivers in the Workplace.” Participants will learn more about caregiving experiences, explore the best strategies for building a caregiver-inclusive workplace, as well as tips for finding better balance between work and caregiving needs. You will also gain access to free resources and services.

About the Ontario Caregiver Organization

The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 4 million caregivers; ordinary people who provide physical and emotional support to a family member, partner, friend or neighbour. We support caregivers by being their one point of access to information, so they have what they need to be successful in their role.

Deb’s Retirement and Emilian as Our New ED

Debra Mountenay, Executive Director of the EMOWPDB for the last 23 years, retired on March 31, 2022. We’re so sad to see her go, but so happy for her to experience the joys of retirement.

Proudly announcing our new Executive Director, Emilian Siman. Emilian’s first official day as the ED of EMOPWDB was April 1, 2022.

Shared below is the thoughtful message written by Deb on March 31, 2022, to say her farewells and introduce our partners and the community to Emilian:

“Director of the Workforce Planning and Development Board (WPDB) is the opportunity that I have had to work with a wide range of partners across the London Economic Region (Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties). Workforce issues will continue to be the major concern over the next few years as employers look to expand their workforce and job seekers are able to secure employment that engages them while providing them with income that supports their families. 

The people I have worked with over the years recognize that we are all in this together. I know that collectively that work will continue. I believe that this is what I will miss most of all as I leave the WPDB at the end of March. 
Thank you to the individuals and organizations that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with over the years – to the past and present Directors of the WPDB, I appreciate the advice and leadership that you have provided – to the staff, past and present, I appreciate your willingness to go on this journey with me, even though I am sure at times you wondered exactly what road we were on and where it was heading.

Thank you to my husband, Joe, and our family and extended family. There were many times when I was going to spend time with you “just as soon as I finished this email”. You have been supportive through it all and given me the time and space to get the job done. 

It has been twenty-three years since I joined the WPDB. As I say goodbye to the staff at WPDB this week I know that I leave the organization in the very capable hands of Emilian Siman. Emilian has most recently been the Senior Data Analyst at the WPDB having started with the organization in 2013 as the Data Analyst for the Worktrends website. As the Executive Director of WPDB he will bring his talent to his new role and continue the growth of the organization. 

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” (Fred Rogers)

I am looking forward to finding out what that something else will be.”

-Deb Mountenay