Dr. Trina Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Trina Foster is the Chief Operating Officer of ONESTEP – Ontario’s umbrella organization for the community-based training and employment (CBET) sector. She has over a decade of experience in stakeholder engagement, relationship management and facilitation, and evidence-informed policy development. She is a proven leader in the creation, management, and communication of evidence and ideas across a wide range of topics and areas. She has worked in a variety of environments and across sectors to demonstrate how evidence-informed activities can inform and support all stakeholder communities.
Prior to joining ONESTEP, Trina served as the inaugural Executive Director for the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI) – a research centre that is building the evidence base for what works in Ontario’s workforce development system. She led OCWI’s organizational start-up and launched over 40 research projects addressing Ontario’s labour market challenges and opportunities.
During her time as Director, Research & Global Academy at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) provided oversight and leadership to international research networks as well as led the strategic development and operationalization of CIFAR’s activities to support tomorrow’s research leaders. She served as the internal director for the organization’s three social research programs centered on building equitable and inclusive societies, examining the social-political structures that enable wealth versus poverty, and understanding how social interaction and identity impact community, and individual, well-being.
A born and raised east coaster, she has since lived/studied/worked in five countries and 9 cities. She serves on the Board and/or Advisory Committees of various charities and not for profit organizations. Building on her passion for supporting leadership development in youth, she volunteers with Scouts Canada, and is a regular speaker at secondary and post-secondary institutions on topics such as non-traditional career pathways and building inclusive economies.
Manager of Career and Resource Solutions
Lorraine holds a diploma in Career Counselling from George Brown College and has over 30 years of managerial experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors. In her role of Manager of Career and Resource Solutions, Lorraine is responsible for developing resources, tools and training opportunities that support the skill enhancement of staff and managers in the sector. Lorraine's portfolio is also responsible for the development and execution of the ONESTEP events and Conferences. She is a member of the steering committee of the Canadian Council for Career Development (CCCD), the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board (CCPCBO). In 2008 was recognized for her leadership and dedication to the career and employment sector as the first recipient of the George Brown College Crystal Award.
Project Manager, Talent Bridge
Christian is the project manager and lead researcher for Talent Bridge, an OCWI-funded workplace learning pilot program that brings together experienced and newer employees to exchange knowledge and skills. Christian’s social research methodology draws on Anthropology, design, and critical theory to effect organizational change and thought transformation. He earned his Master’s degree in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory from McMaster University. He is a board member for an alternative non-profit housing provider, Houses Opening Today Toronto (HOTT)..
Admin, Sustainable Livelihoods Project