About - Ottawa Employment Hub

About Ottawa Employment Hub


Eight Local Employment Planning Councils (LEPC) are being piloted in Ontario, running from December 2015 to March 2019, with funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.  Former ADM David Fulford, MAESD described the pilots in 2015:


“Expanding the activities of existing Local Boards…the new LEPC pilots will have greater capacity to provide funding for community-based projects to support the local workforce, improve coordinated planning of employment and training services, and help employers, workers and people looking for work make informed choices about training and careers. LEPCs will also improve local labour market information to assist communities to better anticipate local labour gaps, and current and future employment opportunities.”


Building on the work done over the past four years by Labour Market Ottawa, Algonquin College won the bid to administer the LEPC pilot for the Ottawa community, working with three formal partners.

The Ottawa LEPC has branded itself as Ottawa Employment Hub to reflect the dynamic activities included in its mandate; those activities, and the desired client outcomes, are captured in our credo:

  • Connect – we will connect with employers, service providers, and other stakeholders for mutual learning and leveraging each others’ knowledge and expertise to connect job seekers and learners to jobs.
  • Plan – we will collaborate as a community to identify local opportunities and challenges in the local labour market.
  • Learn & Work – through our connecting and planning, we will connect job seekers and learners to the programs and services that they need to become the human capital for which local employers are looking.

Who we are & how we work

The LEPC is overseen by the Secretariat (eight staff) which is guided by the Executive Steering Group (ESG) in the Ottawa pilot. Working groups and the Central Planning Table feed into the ESG as advisory committees.

Click on the governance bodies below to see the full list of current members:

LEPC Secretariate (Ottawa Employment Hub staff)

The Secretariat provides support (as outlined by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU) with:

  • Administration (organizing and facilitating meetings, events, etc.);
  • Collection, analysis and dissemination of labour market information to local community stakeholders;
  • Stakeholder liaison, engagement and partnership building.

The Secretariat is an expanded spin-off of the Labour Market Ottawa initiative, with key staff ready to “hit the ground running.”  Day-to-day operations and Planning & Reporting is the responsibility of a full-time Program Manager (who will report to the Executive Director and be supported by a full-time Program Assistant).  Two additional full-time Coordinators will support the Program Manager in Outreach & Partnership Engagement and Research & LMI, respectively.

Ingrid Argyle, who served as Project Manager of Labour Market Ottawa for the past four and a half years, has moved into the Program Manager role at the LEPC. Bilingual Program Assistant, Michelle Farncombe, has stayed on through the start up and now into the implementation of the LEPC pilot.  Our Labour Market Information Specialist Jing Feng Brent Moore is the Manager of the Ready To Work Program and Sandra Burelli is a bilingual LEPC Project Officer.

Secretariat staff also includes three bilingual LEPC Partnership & Planning Coordinators who will be embedded in the partner organizations to serve as community liaisons. The Coordinators will build on and leverage the existing Learning, Employment, and Industry Networks of our three formal partners. They will be housed at the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy, Agilec Employment Centre (representing EOON), and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

  • Jasmine Albagli has taken on the role of Learning Network Coordinator. She holds a Master of Education from the University of Ottawa and brings more than 10 years of experience in education and career counselling.  Jasmine will work closely with the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy, which is where she will be based.
  • Jason Verboomen has joined as the Employment Network Coordinator. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and has 8 years of experience in Family Services, Adult Education and working with persons with disabilities.  Jason will be located at Agilec Employment Centre and will work closely with Employment Ontario Ottawa Network and the four Employment Ontario Assisted Services service providers.
  • Karen Butterfield has joined in the role of Industry Network Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Engineering along with a Masters of Business Administration and brings a wide variety of experiences and networks to her role.  Karen will be located at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

All LEPC staff are Algonquin College employees.  The Partnership & Planning Coordinators report to the LEPC Program Manager and receive guidance from their “host” organizations.

Executive Steering Group

In the other pilot locations, the formal Local Board is administering the LEPC pilot; Labour Market Ottawa serves in lieu of a “local board” in Ottawa under the guidance of two standing committees.  

The Executive Steering Group (ESG) will serve the “board function” for the LEPC as the primary decision-making body, providing oversight to the Secretariat’s operations.  An ESG was formed to guide the establishment of a governance structure and the strategic planning process.  It includes:

  • Wendy Trudel, Community & Employer Outreach, Community Employment Resource Centre
  • Sheilagh Doherty, Program Manager, High Economic Impact Projects, City of Ottawa
  • Sean McKenny, Canadian Labour Congress
  • Lisa Ambaye, Executive Director, Rideau-Ottawa Valley Learning Network
  • Karen Butterfield, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Manager, Ottawa Employment Hub (LEPC)
  • Joe Ranieri, Director, Business Development, Algonquin College
  • Jean-Robert Sabourin, Gestionnaire, collège La Cité
  • Ian Faris, President and CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade
  • Heidi Hauver, VP, Invest Ottawa
  • Ingrid Argyle, Managing Director, Ottawa Employment Hub

Central Planning Table

The Central Planning Table (CPT) is a mandated Advisory Group under the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU, contract.  The Ministry describes the Central Planning Table as being comprised of key community representatives such as service providers, employer groups, and different levels of government (i.e., municipalities and federal/provincial government departments and ministries, including the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU).  The CPT serves as the primary consultative body that works collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop a LEPC Strategy.

The Ottawa LEPC Central Planning Table will serve as a true advisory group, collating the input of the subject matter working groups and their respective constituents into a broad, holistic view of local opportunities and challenges. This work includes determining recommendations for action, which will be brought forth to the Executive Steering Group.  In our governance framework, we have determined that:

  • The CPT should consist of 20 to 25 members; when selecting members, the Guiding Principles (e.g. Diversity) need to be considered in order to ensure inclusive engagement of stakeholders; initial term is for the duration of the pilot.
  • Members of the ESG (excluding the non-voting member) should generally not sit on the Central Planning Table, in order to preserve independence.


  • Adam Dewar, Market Director – Americas, Invest Ottawa
  • Andree Kaspardlov, Manager, Talent Acquisition, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Angela Tristram, President, ALTRnetiv
  • Chris Bissylas, Willis College
  • Chris Booth, Vice President, Bank of Montreal
  • Christina Anderson, Global Programs and Talent Acquisition Operations Manager, Pythian
  • Christopher Janzen, Dean, School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College
  • Courtney Regimbald, Director, Career Development & Co-op Education, Carleton University
  • Dan Sabourin, Director of Employment Services, Youth Services Bureau
  • Dianne Urquhart, Executive Director, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
  • Elspeth McKay, Executive Director, Operation Come Home
  • Gacia Assadourian, Analyst, Socio-Economic Information, Service Canada
  • Heather Norris, President & CEO, Ottawa Network for Education
  • Hindia Mohamoud, Director, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
  • Hodan Egale
  • Ingrid Argyle, Managing Director, Ottawa Employment Hub
  • Jason Burggraaf, Executive Director, GOHBA
  • Jean Huard, Service Delivery Manager, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Jean-Robert Sabourin, Gestionnaire, collège La Cité
  • Jennifer Barton, Regional Director, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Jennifer McKay, Program Supervisor, Ottawa Carleton District School Board ESL/LINC/LBS Programs
  • Kathy McKinlay, Retired
  • Kelly McGahey, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Hire Immigrants Ottawa
  • Kelly Mertl, Director, Community Initiatives, United Way Centraide Ottawa
  • Kenny Leon, Marketing Director, Canadian Construction Association
  • Lydia Belanger, Kagita Mikam
  • Mengis Tsegaye, Executive Director, Ottawa World Skills
  • Michael Martin, Project Officer, Service Canada
  • Michel Robillard, Executive Director, Coalition for Adult Training in Ontario
  • Rebecca Aird, Director, Community Engagement, Community Foundation of Ottawa
  • Sonya Parno, Manager, Employment & Social Services, City of Ottawa
  • Sylvie Belair-Scharf, Director, Employment Programs, Vanier Community Service Centre
  • Tarunpreet Arneja, Service Canada
  • Veronica Farmer, Director of Operations, Kanata North BIA
  • Zhenzhen Ye, Research Analyst, Information and Communications Technology Council

Industry Engagement Working Group

This mandatory Working Group is comprised of key industry, labour and community representatives.


  • Asma Shah, Human Resources Manager, Sander Geophysics Ltd.
  • Cathy Lewis, Director, Founder, iSisters
  • Cynthia Lemoine, Team Leader, Talent Attraction, National Research Council
  • Ingrid Argyle, Managing Director, Ottawa Employment Hub
  • Janice McCoy, Superintendent of Human Resources, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
  • Kerry Issac
  • Lorraine Gignac, Branch Manager, Adecco
  • Lynn Johnston, Delta Hotels
  • Mireille Riad, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Scotiabank
  • Richard Plummer, Regional Manager, Family Enterprise Xchange
  • Sarah Gauen, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, Algonquin College
  • Stacey MacLellan, Owner, Plato’s Closet Barrhaven
  • Tatyana Burylova, Financial Planner, TD
  • Tim Ragan, Performance Engineer, Career Constructors
  • Victoria Edwards, Employer Liasion, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Service Planning Working Group

This Working Group is comprised of key service providers, network representatives and local community advocacy groups.


  • Amanda Kilabuk, Tungasuvvingat Inuit
  • Angela Morris, Acclaim Ability Management
  • Eduardo Burgos, Youth Services Bureau
  • Ingrid Argyle, Ottawa Employment Hub
  • Jan Goatcher, John Howard Society of Ottawa
  • Jason LeBlanc, Tungasuvvingat Inuit
  • Jean-Pierre Beauregard, Acclaim Ability Management Inc.
  • Jill Hawken, Ottawa Public Library
  • Katie Sexton, YMCA-YWCA
  • Kim Oastler, Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO)
  • Laura Koivisto-Khazaal, Ottawa Community Loan Fund
  • Linda Milton Perreault, iSisters
  • Margarita Alfonso, Causeway Work Centre
  • Marie-France Gagné, City of Ottawa – Employment Ontario
  • Ricardo Roa Beltran, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Government Working Group

This mandatory Working Group is comprised of representatives from key municipal, provincial and federal government departments and ministries that deliver services in the community.


  • Andreas Hofstaetter, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Danyelle Belanger, City of Ottawa
  • Dhan Lamba-Thebeau, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Dhrupati Benasrie, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Ingrid Argyle, Ottawa Employment Hub
  • Kathleen Fairnie, Ministry Citizenship and Immigration
  • Lorraine Hodds, Province of Ontario
  • Lynne Groulx, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Magali Stretch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Michael Martin, Service Canada
  • Nicholas Wedgewood, Province of Ontario
  • Ophelia Oyabi-M’Vou, Employment and Social Development Canada – Service Canada
  • Ruth Locking, City of Ottawa
  • Shareef Korah, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Shelly Hanlon, Province of Ontario
  • Sophie Dwivedi, Province of Ontario
  • Tarunpreet Arneja, Service Canada

Work-Integrated Working Group

This Working Group is an Ottawa addition, comprised of secondary and post-secondary education representatives, as well as groups working with apprenticeships.


  • Candace Carson, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
  • Chantal Yelle, uOttawa
  • Chris Bissylas, Willis College
  • David Hall, Algonquin College
  • Frederic Venne, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-est
  • Genevieve Labrosse, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
  • Ingrid Argyle, Ottawa Employment Hub
  • Julie Nantel-Powell, Saint Paul University
  • Kendra Duval, YMCA-YWCA
  • Kristine McGillivray, St. Lawrence College Employment Services
  • Liana Pagotto, Ottawa Catholic School Board
  • Lorraine Anderson, Career Services, Carleton University
  • Lydia Hamilton, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
  • Matt Wheatley, Algonquin College
  • Nicole Miller, University of Ottawa
  • Patrick Mainville, La Cité
  • Rosemary Young, MTCU Ontario

What we do

As a Local Employment Planning Council, we work within our governance structure to determine strategic priorities for our community on an ongoing basis.  Over the course of the pilot, we have worked with more than 150 community partners on LEPC initiatives organized under five key activity areas:

  • Integrated Planning
  • Labour Market Information and Intelligence:
  • Service Coordination for Employers:
  • Research and Innovation:
  • Sharing Best Practices and Promising Approaches