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Staff

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 10 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: brad@cfwd.ca

Operations and Administrative Coordinator

Bonnie DeRushie

Bonnie has been with the Centre for Workforce Development for over 18 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: bonnie@cfwd.ca

OLMP Project Coordinator

Matt Caruana

The Centre for Workforce Development (CFWD) has been awarded funding under the Ontario Labour Market Partnership program through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to examine participation rates across Eastern Ontario in detail, identify the root causes of this issue and develop strategies to address them. Matt Caruana is the Project Coordinator for this project and he will be looking to reach out to and speak to people in communities throughout Eastern Ontario that are not working but want to work.

Contact Matt: matt@cfwd.ca

In-Demand Skilled Trades Project Coordinator

Tara Macaulay

There is heightened public discussion about the growing demand for skilled tradespeople in Ontario, as well as gaps between the workers employers are looking for and the availability of tradespeople to fill them. Several reports have identified challenges that employers in Ontario and Canada are facing in filling positions in the skilled trades. Tara will be leading a project that aims to provide insights on the local labour market conditions for the skilled trades through engagement with local employers. Please contact Tara for more information about this project and how you as an employer can provide your input to the project.

Contact Tara: tara@cfwd.ca

QEDC Project Assistant – Technology Sector Research

CFWD has partnered with Quinte Economic Development Commission to assist them in better understanding the Bay of Quinte Region’s Emerging Technology Sector. Hannah Gunning is the Project Assistant that will be helping them conduct research on this sector and be conducting interviews with companies throughout the month of August. If you are a technology company and would like to learn more about this project, please contact Hannah who will be available until August 30th.

Contact Hannah: hannah@cfwd.ca