#tipoftheiceberg Webinar Series
#tipoftheiceberg, A webinar series from the Newfoundland and Labrador Workforce Innovation Centre, takes a deep dive into the ideas and innovation in workforce development that positively impact employability, employment and entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador and the workforce innovators who are leading them. 

Join us on Thursday, November 26, 2020, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. NST as we present the second in our #tipoftheiceberg webinar series featuring guest speakers from The Conference Board of Canada and an update from one of our 20 research proponents, the St. John’s Board of Trade.
The Conference Board of Canada
Stephen Higham - Senior Research Associate
Stephen is a Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada, where his research focuses on skills development and training challenges in Canada. He has a background in political science and Indigenous studies.
Andrew Bieler, PhD - Senior Research Associate
Dr. Andrew Bieler is a Senior Research Associate with the Future Skills team where he leads the experiential learning research portfolio. He is a dedicated, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented Research Specialist offering expertise in research and evaluation strategies, knowledge translation, facilitation, and community engagement.

Trained in collaborative approaches to social research, Andrew completed his PhD in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson University in Toronto. 
Maria Giammarco, PhD - Senior Researcher
Maria applies her research skills and background in behavioural sciences and experimental research methods to address Canada’s evolving skills, education, and equity challenges.

She holds a PhD in psychology and neuroscience from the University of Guelph and an HBA and MSc from McMaster University, and has held behavioural scientist and research consultant roles in the public and non-profit sectors.  
The St. John’s Board of Trade
Lori Sheppard, Project Manager
Lori works with the St. John’s Board of Trade where she currently manages a project researching the barriers to employment that exist for older workers in Newfoundland, and developing a program that addresses these barriers.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University, and has had a diverse career managing projects for the energy, telecommunications, and medical software industries.
The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC), administered by the College of the North Atlantic (CNA), has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges and opportunities related to the labour market in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as best practices in workforce development.

The Centre’s goal is to promote and support the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment, and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour market and particularly under-represented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Skills and Labour (ISL) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.