John DeGiacomo

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John DeGiacomo, Vice Chair

Board Member

Over thirty years of management experience in the education and training sector, has served him well in his work with a variety of professionals in the private and public and not for profit sector. As the Executive Director for Anishinabek Employment and Training Services (AETS), John manages human resource development programs and services to on and off reserve members of nine participating First Nations Communities. In addition to his experience with AETS, John is a certified and experienced Teacher of Adults with a degree in Marketing.Prior to working at AETS, John was responsible for leading successful career services as well as new partnership initiatives at Lakehead University. He is experienced managing in multi-faceted and multi-functional organizations and has volunteered as a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee, regional Education at Work Ontario and the national Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers. John is the Past President (2004-2008) with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Northwestern Ontario and in 2008 completed a provincial term on the Human Resources Professionals Association Chapter Governance Committee

John achieved Job Search Strategy Employment Counsellor Certification early in his career from the Canada Employment Centre followed by a Human Resources Management Systems Certificate from the International Association for Human Resource Information Management and then a Canadian Campus Recruitment Certificate from the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers. In 2005, he earned a Certificate in Canadian Career Centre Management from the Canadian Institute for Career Centre Management.In 2006, he was the first Lakehead University Leadership Thunder Bay Program participant to complete the program and later that year also received a Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Stitt Feld Handy Group. John remains active as a volunteer on a number of boards and has recently completed a certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management as well as Mental Health First Aid and Personality Dimensions.

John has worked as a highly productive and collaborative service provider/facilitator with the Thunder Bay Canada Employment Centre and Confederation College. At the University, his leadership role in experiential learning programs such as internship and co-operative education programs coupled with his four years of sessional teaching has made him appreciate the integral role that faculty and the employer community play in the education of tomorrow’s leaders. John has authored articles that have been published in Canadian Journals (such as How Co-ops and Internships can enhance your Workplace noted in the HR Professional Magazine) and remains active by teaching occasional classes in Marketing, Human Resources Management Systems and Human Resources. John is a proud father of three boys and is originally from Thunder Bay.

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 comprised of representatives from Business, Labour, Francophone, Indigenous, Women, Persons with Disabilities, Educator/Trainers, as well as a member representing municipal government.


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