Wade Matthews, Project Coordinator

The Workforce Development Board (WDB) welcomes Wade Matthews to the team on Monday, May 27th.

“We are pleased to have Wade join us at the WDB,” said CEO Jennifer Lamantia. “Wade will be applying his stellar research and writing abilities to WDB/LEPC’s in-demand skilled trades project that he will be leading and he will also be driving our employer education series on social issues.”

Wade has a Ph.D. in History and has taught history in universities in Australia, Canada and Scotland. More recently, in 2017, he completed a Masters of Information (Archives and Library Science) at the University of Toronto. He is also a published author of an academic monograph and a number of academic articles.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with the WDB team”, says Wade. ”I’m especially looking forward to getting to work on the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship project. I hope to further the WDB’s mission to bring up-to-date labour market information to our community”.

Since 2018, Wade has been Operations Manager of the Peterborough and District Farmers’ Market where he has had opportunities to manage one of our local farmers’ markets and connect with local vendors. As Operations Manager, he also worked closely with the Board of Directors. Prior to that, Wade began a small business that is currently in operation in downtown Peterborough and managed by his wife. 

Wade lives in Lakefield with his family and when he’s not working, he enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and writing.

Workforce Development Board is a not-for-profit organization that is leading the Local Employment Planning Council pilot project for Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton. Founded in 1996, WDB is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities. The LEPC initiative provides expanded resources for co-ordinating integrated planning and initiatives, as well as helping employers, workers and job-seekers to make informed training and career decisions.

For more information, visit wdb.ca or call 705-749-3250 (toll-free 1-800-340-0111).