Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation Partners
Twelve partner organizations, including Ryerson University, will lead the new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. Together, these organizations bring the research expertise, knowledge of Ontario's diverse workforce, and connections to key professional networks to successfully lead innovation in the province's employment and training sector.
The partners include: the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Workforce Planning Ontario Network, Humber College, Collège Boréal, Ontario Disability Employment Network, Social Capital Partners, George Brown College, Coalition for Adult Training in Ontario (COFA), Ryerson University, Lakehead University, Brock University and Magnet.
Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, Interim President, Ryerson University
"Ryerson has a strong track record for applied research to meet societal needs, for developing career oriented education to meet the needs of employers, and for developing innovative solutions to challenges facing society. The DMZ is the top ranked university incubator in North America and it was there that Magnet was born. The Chang School of Continuing Education is home to a range of one of a kind training and is a pioneer in e-learning. We are delighted to host the OCWI and look forward to a productive collaboration with the partners."
Dr. Brian Stevenson, President, Lakehead University
"Lakehead University is excited to be a partner in the Centre for Workforce Innovation. Our research capacity and our strong connection to the Indigenous community through our faculties and Lakehead's Aboriginal Initiatives Office will ensure the needs of Northwestern Ontario and rural indigenous peoples have a strong voice in this important initiative."
Dr. Jack N. Lightstone, President and Vice-Chancellor of Brock University
"Our University is a critical player in the economic and social development of the Niagara region and we need to work together with stakeholders across sectors - business, government, post-secondary, training, and community groups - in order to develop solutions. This project provides a great opportunity to draw on our deep expertise in research related to education, training and economic development as well as to build collaborative approaches to solving one of Ontario's great challenges."
Chris Whitaker, President, Humber College
"Humber College is pleased to be a partner in the development and implementation of this important and timely Centre that will assist all stakeholders in developing innovative solutions for a strong and inclusive workforce that will drive social and economic development in the Province."
Daniel Giroux, Vice-President, Workforce and Business Development, Collège Boréal
"Collège Boréal has a wealth of training and employment experience allowing it to significantly contribute to the preparation of a bilingual workforce throughout Ontario. As a proud partner of the new Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation, we believe we can add value and provide insight so that together, we can build a resilient, innovative and productive Ontario."
Karen Charnow Lior, Executive Director, Toronto Workforce Innovation Group
"Toronto Workforce Innovation Group, representing Workforce Planning Ontario, is delighted to be part of the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. Bringing diverse labour market partners together around one table to develop an evidence-based workforce development strategy is what workforce planning boards were created to do; conduct research, convene stakeholders and address workforce development issues and opportunities."
Joe Dale, Executive Director, Ontario Disability Employment Network
"The Ontario Disability Employment Network is looking forward to research that identifies the best way to help people who have a disability become more fully engaged in the labour market."
Bill Young, President, Social Capital Partners
"For over ten years SCP has tested new models to improve access to employment for jobseekers that have experienced barriers to employment. The single most important thing we have learned from our work is that when employers are involved in the design of employment and training programs and supports better results are achieved for both employers and jobseekers. Encouraging new public/private partnerships and demonstrating what works and what doesn't will allow the centre to better address and support the needs of employers and jobseekers alike."
Dr. Robert Luke, Vice President, Research and Innovation, George Brown College
"George Brown College is very pleased to support the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. This initiative, bringing together many leading partners engaged in labour market issues, is highly aligned with our mandate to ensure the Greater Toronto Area has effective workforce preparation and we can collectively ensure the labour market demand is met with a supply of highly qualified graduates from the across the post-secondary spectrum. We look forward to working with our partners and ensuring the success of this exciting initiative."
Michel Robillard, Directeur général, COFA (Coalition for Adult Training in Ontario)
"As a privileged partner, COFA is proud to take part in the creation of the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation. This centre, acting as a key organization, will offer a single, coordinated access point for evidence-based research on employment and training approaches for key stakeholders such as the Employment Ontario network. The Centre will bring together partners across the workforce system and bridge supplies and demands related to the workforce development ecosystem."
Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet
"Magnet is excited to collaborate on this important initiative and connect our network of postsecondary institutions, not-for-profits, government, labour, and industry partners to tackle Ontario's pressing labour market challenges. Magnet is a collaborative social innovation initiative that addresses unemployment and underemployment in an online environment with unparalleled data analytics."