Mike Gannon, Chair
Mike has served as a volunteer with the WDB since 2008 and joined the executive in 2014.
Starting his career in human resource management, he has been employed in municipal government for more than 20 years, most recently as the employment services manager with the City of Peterborough’s social services department.
He holds a degree in economics and environmental resource management, with a post-graduate diploma in human resources management.
Mike is responsible for planning employment services and supports to help social assistance clients build skills and find employment. This work requires deep understanding of the local labour market opportunities and challenges.
Mike is active on the boards of several community and provincial organizations, including serving as the past chair of the Community Employment Resource Partnership; chair of the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network’s employment and training working group, a member of the Ministry of Community and Social Services – Central East Region employment roundtable; and the Ontario Works employment assistance transformation technical working group.
He is committed to improving employment and training services at the community level through evidence-based human service modernization, collaboration and integration.
Dawn McColl, Vice-chair
Dawn has worked in the employment services field for more than 10 years years as a facilitator, employment counsellor job coach and job developer. She is now the supervisor of resource and information and training and Incentives Programs at VCCS Employer Services in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Dawn currently serves on the board of the WDB and is an active member of the W2 young women leaders of tomorrow annual event held within the Trillium Lakelands School Board.
Prior to her current role, Dawn worked 15 years in various community development and management roles within the non-profit sector including health and long-term care, human resources, municipal and national heritage and museums. For the past 20 years, she and her husband have owned and operated McColl Construction within the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Joyce Pett, Secretary/Treasurer
Joyce is the director of finance for the John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton and has worked in the non-profit industry on and off throughout her career.
One of her guiding principles is that her work directly contributes to help support the disadvantaged in our communities. Her passion has been working in the financial area throughout her career but for the last 10 years has found it very rewarding overseeing the literacy basic skills programs in City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.
Christian Vesnaver, Past chair
Christian joined the Workforce Development Board as a director-at-large in 2013 and has since served two terms as chair of the board, as well as his current stint as past chair. He brings extensive experience as a labour representative, fulfilling a number of roles within CAW/UNIFOR 1996. Christian has lived in Peterborough since 1993 after growing up in Chatham. He’s been inducted into his hometown’s sports hall of fame as a hockey player.
Jim Russell, Member-at-large
Jim is a Toronto native who moved to Peterborough seven years ago to take the job as CEO of the United Way of Peterborough and District.
Before arriving in Peterborough, he held roles with the Addiction Research Foundation, the Daily Bread Food Bank and the United Way of York Region.
Jim earned an undergraduate degree in social work from Ryerson University in 1985, followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1990.
Nancy Fischer, Member-at-large
Nancy is a senior program analyst for the City of Peterborough’s social services department.
She has worked for the City for more than 25 years as a caseworker, supervisor and a manager responsible for Ontario Works as well as homelessness. In her current role, she has had more exposure to children’s services and early learning.
Prior to working for Peterborough, she was employed by Toronto Social Service.
Nancy a Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto and a Master’s in public administration from Dalhousie University.
Through her formal education, professional work and volunteer experience, she understands the importance of education, training and skills upgrading.
She said that she joined the WDB in 2012 because she believes in the importance of connecting the labour market needs with the skills of the community.
Andrea Bull, Director
Andrea was born and raised in Haliburton County, leaving long enough to obtain a Business – Accounting Diploma from Georgian College. She started her career in 2000, working in the finance department with the District Municipality of Muskoka.
In 2005, an opportunity became available with the County of Haliburton – an opportunity to do what she loved within her own community. She served as a finance assistant and confidential finance assistant before assuming the role of deputy treasurer in 2013. Andrea also continued her education by completing a range of programs through the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. She also serves on that organization’s executive committee and holds the position of treasurer for her local zone.
In 2016, Andrea decided to try something new and applied to a newly created human resources manager position within the County of Haliburton.
On a personal note, Andrea is the mother of two young children and continues to live in the community in which she was born and raised.
Jordan Hill, Director
Jordan grew up just outside of Peterborough in Lakefield. He attended elementary and secondary school within Peterborough, as well as, played Jr. hockey and junior lacrosse in the city.
He has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo, where his studies focused on labour economics and econometrics, and he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Trent University. Jordan is currently a senior analyst of business intelligence for the global transaction banking division of TD Securities. He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Ashley.