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.