While employment rates in Ontario are on the rise, the recession has not ended for everyone. There are still 900,000 Ontarians without a high school diploma who face employment challenges.
John has a long and distinguished career in the literacy field in both Canada and internationally. He was the founding Executive Director of the Preparatory Training Program, one of the largest community-based literacy programs in Ontario. He helped develop, initiate and manage Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy’s information and referral service for literacy and ESL and was a founding board member of Essential Skills Ontario.
As Manager of Program, Business and Partnership Development at Essential Skills Ontario, John is leading a number of initiatives and applied research related to labour market development, effective program design, performance improvement and accountability. His current and recent projects involve several initiatives related to understanding skills-biased technological changes in the labour market, creating effective service design for the vulnerable and examining the possibilities inherent in career pathways models