The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a not-for-profit organization located in Peterborough and serving Northumberland, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. The WDB was established over 20 years ago and is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to provide labour market information, coordinate employment and training services, and engage employer communities.

The WDB is recognized as a leader in the province and since December 2015 has been successfully delivering the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot where community and labour market products have been developed and launched and strong community partnerships have been formed.

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the WDB fulfills its mission and mandate and meets the terms and conditions of the Operating Agreement with the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. For more information about the Workforce Development Board or the LEPC, click  here.


The overarching role of the Board of Directors is to:

  • ensure funding is being used for its intended purpose and that objectives stated in the Operating Agreement are being met;
  • provide support to staff with the delivery of the funded projects;
  • understand the WDB’s vision, mandate, programs and functions;
  • directors are encouraged to communicate directly with their community as a means of gathering relevant information to be brought forth to the Board table,
  • participate in project committees when possible, liaise and communicate with Community Groups, and attend other community partner meetings;
  • prepare for meetings by reading background material;
  • address the need to create a healthy working environment for Board members by encouraging consensus decision making, resolving conflicts in a positive manner, accommodating differences where necessary and remaining updated about current community affairs.


The number of directors shall be a maximum of fourteen (14) and reflect the profile of skills required to effectively govern the WDB and if possible be representative of the organization’s catchment area (Haliburton, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough), gender, business, labour, educators/trainers and employment service providers.


Directors of the WDB meet four times a year through a combination of in-person meetings and teleconferences.


Directors shall serve a term of two (2) years from the date of appointment plus, if reappointed, one (1) additional term of two (2) years.


Interested applicants should send the following information to Mike Gannon, Chair, at

  • Letter outlining the contribution you’d like to make to the Workforce Development Board;
  • A current Resume/CV;
  • Name and contact information of at least one reference.

If you are nominating someone else, please provide a short letter with your rationale and contact details for your nominee to