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.  Labour Market Ottawa staff member Eric Cappon has moved into the Coordinator of Research and Labour Market Information role.  Sana Hafez has been retained to assist with Project Coordination.  Brandi Chaffey has come over to join the team as the Coordinator of Outreach and Partnership Engagement.

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:

  • Joe Ranieri, Director, Business Development, Algonquin College
  • Jennifer Fontaine, Executive Director, Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
  • Lisa Manwell, Team Leader, Agilec Ottawa Employment Centre (EOON)
  • Ian Faris, President & CEO, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
  • Sean McKenny, President, Ottawa & District Labour Council
  • Rob White, Chartered Professional Accountant (Chair of the Board of the Ottawa Network for Education)
  • Saad Bashir, Director Economic Development and Innovation, City of Ottawa
  • Ingrid Argyle, Program Manager, LEPC – Non-voting member

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.


  • Andree Kaspardlov, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Angela Tristram, Whistle Inc.
  • Chris Bissylas, Willis College
  • Chris Booth, BMO
  • Chris Janzen, Algonquin College
  • Dan Sabourin, Youth Services Bureau
  • Dianne Urquhart, Social Planning Council of Ottawa
  • Heidi Hauver, Pythian
  • Hindia Mohamoud, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
  • Jean-Robert Sabourin, La Cité
  • Jenna Sudds, Kanata North BIA
  • Jennifer Barton, MTCU
  • Jennifer McKay, OCDSB
  • Kathy McKinlay, Ottawa Network for Education
  • Kelly Dumas, Carleton University
  • Kelly McGahey, Hire Immigrants Ottawa
  • Kelly Mertl, United Way (Employment Accessibility Resource Network)
  • Kenny Leon, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
  • Lydia Belanger, Kagita Mikam (to be confirmed)
  • Mengistab Tsegaye, World Skills Employment Centre
  • Michel Robillard, Coalition ontarienne de formation des adultes (COFA)
  • Peter Stewart, Invest Ottawa
  • Sharif Faisal, ICTC
  • Sonya Parno, City of Ottawa
  • Stephen Ohlman, Service Canada
  • Sylvie Belair Scharf, Vanier Community Service Centre

Industry Engagement Working Group

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


  • Andrea Steenbakkers, Executive Director, Barrhaven BIA (Business Association)
  • Asma Shah, Sander Geophysics (Science & Tech)
  • Brandon Lachapelle, FRAMEWORK (Construction)
  • Cathy Lewis, iSisters (IT; Health Technology)
  • Christine Anderson Brown, City of Ottawa (Government)
  • Dorin Lucas, Carefor (Healthcare)
  • Janice McCoy, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (K-12 Education – TBC)
  • Ken Stewart, GAPC (Film & TV)
  • Kerry Isaac, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (Government – TBC)
  • Lynn Johnson, Delta Hotel & Suites (Hospitality & Tourism – TBC)
  • Mireille Riad, Scotiabank (Finance – TBC)
  • Nada Bensouda, Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale Nationale (Business Association)
  • Penny Dockrill, Algonquin College (Post-Secondary Education)
  • Rhonda Beauregard, Pinecrest Queensway EO Centre (EO Job Development)

Service Planning Working Group

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


  • Angela Morris, Acclaimability
  • Dan Sabourin, Youth Services Bureau
  • Jan Goatcher, John Howard Society of Ottawa
  • Jill Hawken, Ottawa Public Library
  • JP Thompson, Community Health Centres (TBC)
  • Kim Oastler, ALSO
  • Laura Koivisto-Khazaal, Ottawa Community Loan Fund
  • Linda Milton Perreault, iSisters
  • Louise Lalonde, Centre Moi j’apprends
  • Malika Séguin-Gervais, Francophone Immigration Support Network of Eastern Ontario (TBC)
  • Margarita Alfonso, Causeway Work Centre
  • Melanie Haldane, YMCA-YWCA
  • Mengistab Tsegaye, World Skills
  • Redouane Jalal, City of Ottawa Community and Social Service
  • Terry Ma, Tungasuvvingat Inuit

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.


  • Andrea Seminaro, Service Canada
  • Andreas Hofstaetter, Employment and Social Development Canada (TBC)
  • Angela Scanlon, City of Ottawa
  • Anne-Marie Shaker, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Cathy Emmerson, MTCU
  • Denis Chartrand, Ministry of Education
  • Lynne Groulx, MEDEI/MRI
  • Michael Kelly, MCI
  • Mike Mohns, City of Ottawa
  • Nicholas Wedgwood, MEDEI/MRI
  • Samantha Moonsammy, Industry Canada
  • Shealagh Pope, ESDC-Office of Literacy & Essential Skills
  • Soojin Yu, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Sophie Dwivedi, MCSS/MCYS

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.


  • Brigitte Sharp-Ménard, French Catholic School Board (CECLFCE)
  • Candace Carson, OCDSB
  • Chris Bissylas, Willis College (member to be identified)
  • David Hall, Algonquin College (Coop)
  • John Omura, Algonquin College (Applied Research)
  • Julie Nantel-Powell, St. Paul University
  • Kendra Duval, YMCA (Power of Trades)
  • Kristine McGillivray, St. Lawrence College
  • Liana Pagotto, OCSB
  • Lorraine Anderson, Carleton University
  • Lydia Hamilton, OCDSB
  • Marilyn Carmichael, CEPEO (OYAP)
  • Nicole Miller, University of Ottawa
  • Patrice Supper, La Cité (Coop)
  • Rosemary Young, MTCU
  • Steve Goodwin, La Cité (Apprenticeship) (TBC)

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

Ottawa Employment Hub published its 2017-18 business plan in May 2017 to outline the locally-identified priorities for the June 2017 to September 2018 period of the pilot.


Click here to see the detailed 2017-18 Strategic Priorities.  The 2016-17 Action Plan can be found here.