The Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute (OEJI) is a new, exciting, never-before-seen offering that has been custom built for Cornwall, Akwesasne and SD&G. The institute is a one-of-a-kind training centre based out of the Cornwall Innovation Centre. The institute offers free, bootcamp-style training and work placements for jobs of the future starting in January 2019. The Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute is hosted inside the NAV CENTRE in Cornwall, Ontario.

All programs are available at no cost to the 160 successful applicants who are accepted into the institute. In April 2018, the CIC was awarded $477,000 from the Skills Catalyst Fund for the development of the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute. The fund was established through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to support initiatives that align education and training with the needs of the economy and employers in the Cornwall, Akwesasne and SD&G area. The Ontario Government strives to ensure its workforce is best equipped with the skills and opportunities they need to meet the demands of the jobs of today and tomorrow.

This institute was custom-built for the SD&G region to address the changing economic landscape. The goal is to train eager participants for the growing demands for skilled workers in areas identified as high-need.

Any Ontario resident looking to future-proof their work skills can apply. Preference will be given to Ontarians who show the most need for emerging job training– including the underemployed and unemployed. There are no age restrictions on application. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to immerse themselves into the program.

It’s essential that we run our potential applicants through a screening process to determine eligibility of program applicants. We will focus on those whose jobs are at risk of being lost, those who need to up-skill to keep up with employer demands, students who are not sure how to determine their career path and under-served populations. We want to give the opportunity to those who need it most.

Work placements will be arranged for all students who attend training at OEJI. Work placements will happen after training is complete and will last for three months. All work placements will be arranged with companies and organizations that match students’ needs.

The training provided will be hands-on, social and collaborative. It will give the learner the opportunity to learn directly from industry leaders.

Work placements will be offered:

  • Within companies in the Cornwall Innovation Centre
  • In rural areas to help build and launch agri-tech projects with local farmers
  • Throughout the province

Are you an employer interesting in providing a paid work placement for one of our interns? Learn more here.

The Cornwall Innovation Centre is an ecosystem designed to ignite new ventures and high-growth potential businesses in Cornwall, Akwesasne, and the Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The CIC gives companies access to a host of resources including mentorships, programs, events, learning opportunities and funding opportunities to help build businesses in all stages of growth. You can read more about the CIC here.

Cornwall, Ontario

Come East! Cornwall, Ontario is the most Easterly city in Ontario. It is less than an hour from Ottawa and Montreal, and five minutes from the US border of New York State. It is a waterfront community with many green spaces and ample amenities. Our city has a strong heritage and vision for the future. It is a city on the upswing that is rising from its industrial roots and is growing into a hub of innovation. The city is experiencing a period of renewal with fresh faces, ideas and ventures.


NAV CENTRE is a modern learning centre, conference centre, military base, aviation and aerospace training centre, hospitality hub and event venue. Situated on on the St. Lawrence River on the outskirts of Cornwall, it offers the amenities of a resort hotel. It offers a 25-metre indoor pool, large fitness centre, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts.

The team

Chatnie Herne

Project Manager

Chatnie is from the Cornwall area and possesses a business degree in management and marketing. She has experience working with start-ups through the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. She is very passionate about entrepreneurship and economic development and is very excited to help individuals expand their professional horizons through the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute.

Thia Anthony

Administrative Assistant

Thia Anthony relocated from Edmonton Alberta where she worked as an Administrative Assistant, Events and Training at Alberta Medical Association. She graduated with a Business Administrative – Marketing Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Thia is excited to join the Cornwall Innovation Centre team and is looking forward to growing with the organization.

David Juillet

Business Curriculum Instructor

David was raised in part in SD&G and has over 20 years of experience in business, information technology, and corporate training. He has worked in various industries ranging from banking and tax compliance to commercial aviation and workforce logistics. David holds an undergraduate certificate in business administration from the University of Ottawa and a postgraduate diploma in applied information technology from Information Technology Institute (Ottawa). He also teaches in the School of Computing at St. Lawrence College.

Sarah Barker

Agritech Instructor

Sarah studied Agricultural and Environmental Science at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus, majoring in Global Food Security and specializing in International Agriculture. Having worked with startups throughout her studies, Sarah is very excited to be connected to the tech-scene again by helping to develop the OEJI’s Agritech program curriculum. 

Rodney Cryderman

Digital Skills Instructor

Rodney was born in SD&G, took residence in our nation’s capital for 15 years and then returned. Rodney has been involved in the Tech industry, on a professional basis, for nearly two decades with a eclectic background ranging from Programming to Network Administration to technical support, and has experience with both proprietary and open source models. Throughout his time in the industry one recurring theme has been his love of teaching.

Mario Ortiz

Digital Skills Mentor

Mario Ortiz felt the entrepreneurial spirit when he created a driveway sealing company in Ottawa. He currently studies for his BBA at St. Lawrence College. He is the current President of the Cornwall Student Union & Head Usher at Aultsville Theatre.

Navpreet Singh

Digital Skills Mentor

Coming Soon.

Erin Groves

Agritech Curriculum Developer

Erin is a local girl, as she grew up on her parents’ small hobby farm in South Stormont. A proud graduate of both Bishop’s University and SUNY Potsdam, Erin is now a secondary school teacher and a curriculum writer. She is passionate about spreading her love of learning and education to those around her and believes the best way to light that spark is through diverse and experiential learning opportunities.

Our partners

OEJI is made possible thanks to our local partners and funding received from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Cornwall and the Counties Community Futures Development Corporation.