Our Team

Meet Our Staff at Niagara Workforce Planning Board.

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Vivian Kinnaird, CEO, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Vivian Kinnaird

Chief Executive Officer

905.641.0801 ext. 127

Vivian has spent more than 25 years working in post secondary education as a teacher, mentor, researcher and administrator. She has led both community and research-based projects and is dedicated to ensuring that evidence-based research is relevant, highlights areas of interest to the community and makes a valuable contribution to decision making.

Over the past eight years, Vivian has had the opportunity to work with businesses and organizations across Niagara and has served on the boards of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Niagara. She has extensive experience working collaboratively to ensure education and skills development supports the needs of employers. She is passionate about the changing nature of work and the need for communities to work together to ensure that the workforce is equipped to meet this change.

Lisa Cairns, Business Administration Manager, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Lisa Cairns

Business Administration Manager

905.641.0801 ext. 121

Lisa Cairns was born in Akron, Ohio, and has made St. Catharines her home since 1980.

She offers a combined thirty-five years in retail and not-for profit management. During this time she has managed over ten million dollars in government-supported funding. This work has allowed Lisa to directly support young entrepreneurs, at-risk youth, executives re-entering the workforce after downsizing, and social assistance clients. Her work has also involved her in research based publications for the automotive industry, youth in the workplace, and the wine industry. As Executive Director for the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for 20 years, Lisa has supported numerous entrepreneurs and continues to do so as a member of the Board of Directors.

She brings her management experiences in administration, compliance, and finance to the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, and looks forward to supporting new business development for the organization.

When not at NWPB Lisa enjoys gardening and revisiting her childhood through her grandchildren, Dillon and Willow.

Adam Durrant, Project Manager, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Adam Durrant

Project Manager

905.641.0801 ext. 131

Adam was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, and travelled extensively through Western Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean during his childhood. He holds a BA in History from Brock University and a Master of Arts in Economic History from the University of Western Ontario.

As a Project Manager with NWPB, Adam's work focuses on the analysis and presentation of labour market information. He has expert-level skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis and is the co-author of two papers with Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory, the most recent of which was on changing population patterns in the Niagara region. Adam’s additional research interests include the study of machine learning and the impact of automation on long-term workforce planning.

Thalia Semplonius, Project Manager, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Thalia Semplonius

Project Manager

905.641.0801 ext. 124

Thalia is from Waterloo, Ontario but has been living in the Niagara region since 2011. She holds an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Brock University. Throughout her studies, Thalia focused on learning numerous statistical and research methods in order to address new and innovative research questions. Having completed an apprenticeship at Niagara Workforce Planning Board during the summer of 2017, she now brings her considerable breadth and depth of knowledge and skill to NWPB as a Project Manager.

Josie Faccini, Mentorship Manager, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Josie Faccini

Mentorship Program Coordinator

905.641.0801 ext. 126

Josie was born and raised in Welland, and is an active member of her local community, as well as throughout the region. Having also worked and lived abroad, the international flair she brings to her work with NWPB gives her a broad and empathetic perspective in her work with our Immigrant Mentorship Program.

Josie has a wealth of experience working in the non-profit sector, having worked for many years with newcomers and women. Recently, she developed a local chapter of the national organization Canada Learning Code (Ladies Learning Code) in Niagara, promoting women and girls in STEM. She has extensive experience in workshop facilitation on topics ranging from entrepreneurial, technology, career, and cross cultural training.

Nikki Prudden, Marketing Coordinator, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Nikki Prudden

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

905.641.0801 ext. 125

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Nikki has lived in several communities throughout the Niagara region, and currently resides in the city of her birth. As Niagara Workforce Planning Board's Marketing & Communications Coordinator, she is responsible for shaping and maintaining Niagara Workforce Planning Board's branding, and the creation of front-end presentation materials for all of NWPB's research outcomes.

Nikki is a proud alumna of Niagara College, Sheridan College, and Brock University. She also worked for seven years in the Communications office at Brock University's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, annually promoting over fifty exhibitions, theatrical events, concerts, and festivals to the Niagara region and beyond. She brings not only marketing and promotional experience to the team, but over ten years of experience in graphic design, allowing her to apply a keen eye for visual impact to all data presentation documents.

Kevin McPhillips, Research Associate, Niagara Workforce Planning Board

Kevin McPhillips

Research Assistant


905.641.0801 ext. 150

Kevin is from Vancouver, British Columbia but has lived in Ontario since 2010. He moved to Ontario in order to study at Western University, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science in 2014 and an MA in Comparative and Canadian Politics in 2015. After graduating he lived for a year in Swansea, Wales, while his wife completed her own Master’s degree. After moving back to Canada, Kevin spent time working in government at both the provincial and municipal level. Outside of his professional development, Kevin has extensively studied how governments can engage with businesses and the wider community to best promote economic growth. He brings a keen interest in the intersection of government and economic policy to his work at NWPB as a Research Assistant.

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