Board of Directors

As a non-profit organization, the North Superior Workforce Planning Board is governed by a Board of Directors who represent the community and various Labour Market Partner Groups. The Directors serve on various committees volunteering their time and expertise to workforce development issues. Each Director is expected to be a liaison between the community and the Board. Being a Board Member on the NSWPB provides several unique challenges simply due to our local geography, however through teleconferences and substantial travel, NSWPB Directors make it work. We thank them for their dedication and commitment to their position on the Board.

The Board is composed of representatives from Business, Labour, Francophone, Aboriginal, Women, Racial Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Educator/Trainers, as well as three non-voting members representing municipal, provincial, and federal governments.

Board Member

Annemarie Wesolowski

Annemarie Wesolowski is the Executive Director of Literacy Northwest, one of sixteen regional networks in the province of Ontario that are funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to support and promote the delivery of the adult Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program. The LBS program is one of the suite of programs and services offered by Employment Ontario.

Annemarie has been involved in the adult literacy field since 1991; in the capacity of program and project coordinator, literacy practitioner, and regional network administrator. She has gained years of policy governance experience through her participation on the boards of numerous local, regional and provincial organizations and advisory groups.

In her regional network role, Annemarie has access to a large pool of information and expertise from a diverse network of local, regional and provincial contacts that represent Aboriginal, Anglophone, Deaf, and Francophone adult literacy learners and service providers.

Annemarie firmly believes that strong literacy and essential skills create the foundation needed for successful lifelong learning experiences. As such, she is committed to actively informing and supporting endeavours that will enhance access to education and training opportunities that will help adults achieve their goals and full potential at home, in school and in the community and workplace.

Board Member

David Farrell

Dave contracts his expertise as an Organizational Coach and Facilitator for Angelo Peta Consulting, as an Executive and Leadership Coach for Superior-Strategies, as an Executive and Mindfulness Coach for his own company C2B-Coach.com, and as a Senior Management Consultant and Business Coach for Arbora Management Services. Leading by example is one of the reasons Dave spent a number of years with Lakehead University (Distributed Learning and Career Services). As a union member, Dave takes pride in having over 30 years of experience leading management system projects for manufacturing and service companies. Dave has graduated with distinction from Lakehead University (Honours 2007), graduated from Confederation College (Graduate Awards 1973) and attained a Graduate Level Certification in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University (4.0 grade point in 2011).

Putting vision into practice, sharing creative ideas and empowering people through organizational activities is why Dave is ready to help lead the charge to make good things happen. Recent projects include: a Brand Coaching Workshop: Digital Marketing Solutions, a Coach Approach to strategic planning for the Township of Dorion; a Coaching Proposal Writing Success for the Red Rock Indian Band; Community Leadership Coach Workshop for the Greenstone Economic Development Corporation; Coaching Board of Directors' Development Session for the Superior North Community Development Corporation and Executive Coach Training that can lead to a professional designation. His strategic planning skills are evident in the organizations and companies he helps stretch well beyond their perceived potential. Executive coaching sessions for individuals is ongoing and he coaches management teams individually and as a group for success. As a catalyst for exceptional outcomes, he has built a solid reputation for success, which included being a member of the Canadian delegation to NAFTA for being a leader in implementing environmental management system.

Dave demonstrates his commitment to his community by serving as a the Labour Co-Chair of the North Superior Workforce Development Board and the Chair of the Quality Management Committee for the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. His past volunteer activities is an enviable list of contributing to a Regional Career Fair (Chair), Regional Skills Competition, Business / Education Committee, Youth Advisory Committee, Strategic Advisor to the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship, Immigration Task Force and other initiatives including a local Innovation Think Tank.

Board Member

Doris Rossi

Doris has been a Nursing teacher/professor in the health sciences with the Ministry of Education & Confederation College for the last 30 years. She has been an advocate for the education and training of all, with equity being a priority.

She has served on various organizations & Boards over the years, including OPSEU women's committee, representing over 40,000 women in Ontario, St. Joseph's Care Group's (SJCG) Board of Governors for 9 years as well as SJCG's Advisory Committee for Long Term Care for 3 years, Confederation College's Board of Governors for 5 years, LOSDI for 18 years, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Local Chapter), as well as other numerous voluntary groups. Her main goal is to identify and meet the needs of education and training for all in our community.

Board Member

Élodie Grunerud

Élodie Grunerudis the Executive Director of Association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (AFNOO), a federation composed of 25 Francophone organizations located across Northwestern Ontario representing various sectors, namely education, economic development, adult education, health, culture and heritage, early childcare, women, youth, and seniors. AFNOO represents its member groups at all levels of government and strengthens the francophone community through its community economic development projects.

Holding a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Master's degree in Political Science, she has worked in several countries including France, Chile, Morocco, and Canada in the fields of journalism, research and analysis, international political economy, community economic development, education and communication. Elodie also holds the professional designation CAE from the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Élodie Grunerud is involved in various organizations; she is a director of the Canadian CED Network, a community representative on the Francophone Advisory Committee of the School of Medicine of Northern Ontario, director of the Cooperative ROFTB. Inc., and a member of the Immobilization Committee, a Committee designed to assist in the building a community multicenter in Thunder Bay.

Her community engagement and professional experiences have enabled Élodie to gain a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of the critical role of social enterprises in the management of non-profit organizations.

Board Member

Frank Pullia

Frank Pullia is an MBA, a Certified Management Accountant and Consulting CMA with vast experience in business, labour and community involvement. He is currently the Principal of Pullia Accounting & Consulting with specialty in Strategic and Community Development Planning, Economic Development, Change Management, Operational and Profit Management, Tourism and Marketing, and Governance.

His extensive volunteer work with non-profit and charitable organizations over the years has given him insight into the workings and need of such groups and on May 19, 2011 he received the 10-year Ontario Volunteer Service Award. Frank's strong interest in community affairs is coupled with an excellent grasp of the socio-political and economic environment of Northwestern Ontario. Such understanding and commitment to the community of Thunder Bay and region was also evident during his 2 terms as a Councillor for the City of Thunder Bay, his work as Chair of the Audit Committee, and on the Board of the Community Economic Development Commission where he spearheaded many job creation initiatives. Besides being a Director since 2000, Frank has served as the Co-Chair of Business during the 2002-2004 and the 2011-2014 period.

For more information on Frank's background and experience, please check his web site at www.frankpullia.com

Board Member

Jason Thompson

Mr. Thompson has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most advanced businesses in the forest and construction industries. These experiences have allowed Mr. Thompson to broaden his skill base while continuing to develop as a professional and an entrepreneur.

Jason has served in many different capacities throughout his career from Labourer to Manager. While in a management capacity he has taken on several distinct roles from Regional Manager of Safety, to Human Resources Assistant in charge of Organizational Development and most recently as Division Manager of Vector Construction.

Throughout his career Jason has always demonstrated strong leadership skills, and has realized the importance of building and maintaining a successful team. Never settling, collaborative, out of the box thinker are a few adjectives that can be used to explain Jason. His commitment to continuous improvement and superior performance are second to none.

Board Member

John Hatton

John is presently working for Confederation College as Director of Training & Workforce Development. He has a Masters Degree from Central Michigan University in Organizational Development. John is a certified D.D.I. facilitator and has worked with numerous groups on strategic plans and business improvements strategies. His academic background is enhanced by practical management experience in various leadership roles. Other strengths include strong facilitation skills, governance models and the ability to produce results with people.

John has a wealth of experience in working with business's and groups to improve performance through problem solving and group organizational development. He has trained in the areas of leadership, team building, training needs analysis, business improvement, problem solving, Aboriginal Competency, Project Management, Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.), Team Building and Presentation Skills.

Recent clients have included, Weyerhaeuser Canada, Domtar, North American Palladium, Goldcorp, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, City of Thunder Bay, Bombardier, Leadership Thunder Bay, Municipality of Schreiber, Town of Marathon, Township of Atikokan, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Harbourview Family Health Team, , Wasaya Group Inc., Nishnawbwe Aski Nation, Fort William First Nation, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Fort William Family Health Team and O.P.P.

He has also been actively involved in the community serving as President of Big Thunder Sports Park, Chair of the Thunder Bay Dragon Boat Race Festival and Chair of eh Thunder Bay Physician Recruitment & Retention Council.

Michael Poleck
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Roger Shott

Since December of 2000, Roger has been on council in the Municipality of Neebing. Over the past fifteen years, he has been on various boards representing the municipality. Roger currently sits on the board of the Thunder Bay District Municipal League and is the league's representative on the NSWPB. Roger has been in the trades since 1973 and has over thirty years of experience in the Forestry Industry.

Roger believes that the apprenticeship programs of today are going to allow our youth to become the best tradesperson's and leaders they can be. This is what we need to build the workforce of tomorrow and meet the demands of the future. This is a time of opportunity for today's youth and the future looks bright.

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Terri McKirdy

Terri brings to the Board a multitude of skills and viewpoints. She was instrumental in the start up of two successful businesses, Matrix Business Services and Enlink Computer Specialists Inc. on which she served as President. Teaching computer and business courses for Community Programs at Confederation College for over 20 years gave her the opportunity to teach adult learners as well as travel to the Ukraine to work with women entrepreneurs. As well, Terri has worked in a union environment as the Executive Assistant of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and currently is the administrative assistant for the Directors at the North West Community Access Centre.

Terri has served as a director representing the Business Sector Reference Group since 1997. She has served as the business co-chair for the Board for 3 terms. She is a past president of the Thunder Bay Business Women's Network and involved in local community groups such as the Thunder Bay Chamber's Quality Management Committee, Confederation College's Business Advisory Committee, and a volunteer for Hospice Northwest, Operation Red Nose, the Red Cross and the United Way. Being involved in the community allows Terri to be close to the concerns faced in Northwestern Ontario.

Terri brings to the NSWPB her knowledge of business concerns and needs especially in the area of training as well as a knowledge of educator-trainer, women's issues and union viewpoints.

Board Member

Uli Walther

Uli holds a business degree from Germany and worked in several managerial positions prior to his immigration to Canada. For more than 20 years, he headed GRK Fasteners, first as a Vice-President and General Manager for the German screw manufacturer Reisser and, beginning in 1993, as Co-owner and Chairman.

Uli is a firm believer in being different from your competitors, so together with his former wife Gerda and his two sons Dr. Mirco Walther and Dr. Thorsten Walther (deceased 2003), here in Thunder Bay, they developed at GRK numerous patents and fasteners which built the backbone of today's GRK. Through his knowledge, Uli has extensive experience of practices from other countries and continents.

In 2004, the Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Business Person of the Year award. For the last 12 years he has been co-chairing the Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee, and served on the Chamber's Board of Directors for the past 9 years, and as such he was elected Chairman for the 2013/2014 period. He also believes that Northwestern Ontario (NWO) is at the threshold of great things to come, especially if we make sure that every willing person in NWO access to training in the career of his or her choice. Regardless of University, College or Trades, it is our obligation to lay the foundation for our future generations. Uli believes that the future is ours; we only have to take our chances. With the right foresight, this will be the best place to work and live in all of Canada!

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.


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