The Work Based Learning Consortium Team consists of senior professionals, all with university or post-grad degrees, who have accumulated years of experience in their fields. Three have published books, articles, papers and taught at universities and colleges. Four team members have together led over 200 projects and consulting assignments. Three members of the team have led research and evaluation projects for sector councils, agencies, ministries, and colleges.
With regard to knowledge mobilization, two of the team members have developed, at the time of their introductions, innovations that affected the use of screening techniques on the Internet; on the design of benefit programs; on the use of self-directed teams in banking in learning, and on the use of e-learning techniques in many different sectors.
WBLC is the ONLY organization in Canada that is successfully applying ‘competencies-based, outcomes-driven’ principles in industry-led employee learning programs. WBLC’s Leadership Team has, to our knowledge, the deepest expertise and most extensive experience in Canada in successfully applying ‘competencies’ principles and practices with private-sector companies and public-sector organizations and their employees. WBLC’s Leadership Team consists of the following accomplished and experienced individuals:
Wayne Lamon, MBA is the Director, Programs and Registrar for WBLC. He has created and managed the implementation and delivery of all of WBLC’s selection and learning programs. These programs have resulted in over 600 trainees – either obtaining a new job or a current employee being upskilled- and receiving certification from WBLC in the required technical learning outcomes for that program.
Wayne has 20 years of corporate experience as a senior executive responsible for human resource functions and multi-disciplinary business units. He also has over 25 years experience in management consulting with an emphasis on human resources, process and change management. For the past 20 years, he has served as President of LSM Consulting.
Dr. Michael Godkewitsch
Dr. Michael Godkewitsch, Ph.D., C. Psych. is a registered industrial / organizational psychologist with in-depth experience in consulting to the private and public sectors in people management and productivity improvement. His consulting practice, embedded in the practices of LSM Consulting, supports the health and effectiveness of organizations and their individual stakeholders through managing processes affecting people, their productivity and their well-being. Major clients are in the information technology, financial and energy sectors, mid-size and large manufacturing firms, consulting agencies and governments. His customers range from world-wide corporations to small businesses and individuals. Dr. Godkewitsch’ relevant service areas evolve around the discovery, assessment and development of talent and of crucial effectiveness factors in the work place and in individuals, including: competency profile design and measurement; selection of excellent staff based on specific workplace needs and generic competencies; performance and competency management; determining the financial value, return on investment and utility of non-technical training, and OD interventions.
Rod Jones, B.Eng., MBA currently provides overall direction and management of the Work-Based Learning Consortium. He led the creation in 2013 of the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) – a joint initiative of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) that delivered work-based-learning to help advanced manufacturing companies bridge their skills gaps in entry to mid-level skilled positions. During his 21 years as Executive Director of the OAC (1993-2014), Rod led the following learning and HR projects:
Learning Programs for the Aerospace Sector: Aerospace Industry Training Program – for production operators; Program Management in Aerospace – for engineers and development program teams; Aerospace Executive MBA – for aerospace executives. (Ontario government funding: $2.25 million)
Canadian Manufacturing Agility Forum – development and pilot delivery (6 firms) of a strategic change program for SME aerospace suppliers. (Federal and Ontario government funding: $1.2 million)
Canadian Aerospace Human Resources Strategy: development of the Human Resources strategy for the Canadian aerospace industry, engaging all Provinces. (Federal government funding $800K)
Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium: with the WBLC Leadership Team, developed and delivered five (5) OMLC assessment/selection, hiring, learning and certification programs for entry- to mid-level skilled jobs, working with more than 50 Ontario advanced manufacturing companies. From early 2014 to late 2018, over 550 young people (18-29) were hired and trained via these OMLC programs to be CNC Machinists, CNC Setup, CNC Operators, CMM Operators and Structural Airframe Assemblers. (Ontario government funding: $4.3 million)
Reema Duggal is the Director of eLearning. Since 2019, the eLearning team has developed 9 eLearning Programs including: Mold Maintenance; CNC Machinist; CNC Machinist Micro-learning; CNC Line Setup; Machine Operator; Packer; Graphic Installer; Manufacturing Operator; and Wind Turbine Blade Repair. Reema also leads technology strategy and systems for WBLC, designing and developing WBLC’s Trainee Information Management Systems and Competency Assessment platforms..
Reema is a strategic professional with a long career in the global IT industry. She has expertise in Revenue Generation (Strategy, Marketing, Portfolio Management) and Delivery Management (Practice Leadership, Program and Project Management) – working with all sizes of companies – from startups to Fortune 500 firms.
She is the President of The Sitaran Group, a consultancy that helps manufacturers and distributors innovate by building comprehensive digital channels. She is the Co-Founder of Silicon Halton, a 1500-person community of talented technology freelancers, solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, and professionals. And, she is a Mentor with Haltech, an Ontario Regional Innovation Center, leading the Roadmap To MVP Series for early stage entrepreneurs.
Paul Coleman is on the WBLC Virtual Learning / Marketing team, and has been instrumental in the development of the Mold Maintenance, CNC Machinist, and QuickLearn Training Programs. He is a professional Videographer and CAD Designer. He is also the Online Instructor supporting students in their elearning journey.
For over 30 years Paul has been sharing his passion and knowledge in technology to top companies in Canadas manufacturing sector. Starting as a Mold Designer, Paul quickly realized that success in the global manufacturing market would rely on companies not only adopting – but properly implementing technology. He spent many years working with international software development companies spearheading innovation in automation and knowledge-based design.
Paul is actively involved in his community church as a member of the Mission Action Team to motivate, help share and show love in practical ways in his community and abroad.