Join our team!

The Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board (SLWDB) requires the services of a Research Associate. This is a full-time contract position that runs from September 16, 2019 to March 31, 2020 with the possibility of extension based on funding received.

The deadline for applications is Friday September 6, 2019 at noon.  Applications can be sent to

SLWDB provides labour market information to the Sarnia Lambton community and conducts research projects that support employer, employee, training and workforce needs. SLWDB is one of 26 local board areas across Ontario funded by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.


  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and generating evidence through research processes, including conducting interviews, focus groups and online surveys.
  • Ability to do statistical analysis is an asset.


  • Technical and report writing skills, especially in relation to aspects of workforce issues, development, trends and changes.
  • Excellent presentation skills are necessary for this position.
  • Technical computer knowledge of Microsoft Office and other tools that can convert research data into charts and presentations.
  • Awareness of current events, networks and local organizations is an asset.
  • Experience with social media is an asset.

Project Management

  • Ability to construct a project from start to finish, including planning, research and group facilitation.
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, responsiveness and attention to detail.
  • Ability to illustrate strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

The successful candidate has an appreciation for our mission, is passionate about new ideas and innovation, thrives in a team environment and is excited to play a key role in sharing labour market information with the community.


SLWDB is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Executive Director Laura Greaves at 519-332-0000.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Candidates interviewed for this position will be required to provide at least three references at the end of their interview. Rate of pay $19 -$22 per hour, depending on experience.

Employer Consultations Underway

Throughout the year, we are busy meeting with local businesses to hear about their workforce issues and successes. This is our chance to meet one-on-one with owners to discuss their recruitment and retention strategies, their hard-to-fill positions, any skills gaps that may exist and ways that the Workforce Development Board can support them.

Consultations can be conducted in person or on the phone. All of the responses are confidential and will be used to inform our Community Action Plan and future SLWDB research projects.

If you’d like to take part in a consultation, please reach out to Laura at or call the office at 519-332-0000.

A great turnout at the Age-Friendly Expo

SLWDB was thrilled to sponsor the Employment and Volunteerism neighborhood at the Age-Friendly Sarnia Expo on Thursday, June 13, 2019. We were among many community organizations involved with Age-Friendly Sarnia, which provides information on supports and community services that exist in Sarnia Lambton, creating and maintaining a community that supports everyone, regardless of their age.

Getting Connected Event puts spotlight on Mental Health

SLWDB was proud to take part in Getting Connected 2019 Phase XII, Tri-County Literacy Network’s spring professional development event on June 14.

This morning session brought together Employment Services, Literacy and Basic Skills, Employment & Social Services/Ontario Works, Employment Assistance Services, Chatham Kent Workforce Planning Board and Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board staff for updates on our local labour markets and a panel discussion on mental health supports and services in our communities.

Laura was happy to provide the labour market update for Sarnia-Lambton, alongside Kristy Jacobs, who provided the update on Chatham-Kent.

Career Exploration Day a Success

SLWDB joined more than 70 local employers at the PAIRS Career Exploration Event on Wednesday May 8 at Lambton College. The PAIRS Committee is a partnership between local businesses and local high schools that works to share resources with students across Sarnia Lambton. Attendees were given the opportunity to explore a cross-section of local jobs.

Age Friendly Sarnia Seniors Expo

We are thrilled to sponsor the Employment and Volunteerism Neighbourhood at the Age Friendly Sarnia Seniors Expo on Thursday June 13 from 10-7 at the Sarnia Arena.

We look forward to seeing you there!

AFS Expo Poster

2019 Sarnia Lambton Employer Appreciation Breakfast

Thank you to those employers who participated in cooperative education and learning programs for Sarnia Lambton students this year.

We look forward to celebrating the learning opportunities that you provide and to recognizing the student award winners for their outstanding Career Fair Display Boards at our Employer Appreciation Breakfast, which will be held on Wednesday June 5 at the Holiday Inn.

June 2019 Famous Five Speaker – Marilyn Gladu

We are pleased to announce the June speaker in the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series, Member of Parliament Marilyn Gladu.

Marilyn worked as a professional engineer, Engineering Manager, Director of Engineering and consultant with our local Petrochemical Industries. She is now serving our community
as the Member of Parliament for Sarnia- Lambton, focusing on creating economic opportunities, standing up for seniors, and working with other community leaders on local priorities.

Fanous 5 June Poster

Join us at the Holiday Inn on Thursday June 20, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at for a cost of $40, including the Eventbrite transaction fee and HST.

If you would like to request a vegetarian meal, please contact Vicky Ducharme at

We look forward to seeing you there!

2019 Celebration of Youth Awards

We are very proud to support the YMCA Celebration of Youth Awards again this year!

Recognized regionally as one of Ontario’s most prestigious awards for youth, the Celebration of Youth Awards honour local youth, 17-20 years of age, whose outstanding talents and achievements have made a difference in our community. The awards focus on youth who have demonstrated leadership, sensitivity to others, innovation, development of personal talents, overcoming personal challenge and service to community. Special consideration is given to youth faced with financial barriers.

We look forward to congratulating the winners at the Awards Ceremony on May 9.

Celebration of Youth Banner

Join us on May 8 at Lambton College for the PAIRS Career Exploration Event

We are very excited to be taking part in the PAIRS Career Exploration Event at Lambton College on May 8. Spend time learning about careers in our community from more than 70 employers in our region. Industries showcasing careers include technology, trades, business, health, service, agriculture and community service.

The Partners Active in Resource Sharing (PAIRS) Committee has longstanding roots in Sarnia-Lambton. PAIRS is made up of local corporations who have partnered with local schools to provide supports that benefit both organizations. Each partnership has grown in their own unique way, finding ways to match the needs of the high school with the mandate of the corporation.

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