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Our Team

Alaa Salih
Research Intern

"The CEI works alongside different partnerships to provide distributed systems leadership. This idea of distributed leadership ensures that everyone has the chance to flourish. I believe that this philosophy will only lead to a collaborative and successful community."

Alfred Burgesson
Project Lead, Nova Scotia Young Leaders Program

“Together we will explore how we might create pathways for young people across our province to be community connectors. Our challenge is creating the infrastructure for youth to develop leadership skills within organizations, that are also collaborating across silos and contributing to the success of communities.”

Alyssa Mansfield
Future of Work Intern

“The work of the CEI centers communities, and the people that live and work within these communities. Through this work the CEI is able to better help make meaningful change and ensure that individuals and their communities thrive. The inclusive nature of the CEI allows for the innovation necessary to continue make a difference in regard to employment in Nova Scotia, today and in the future.”

Angela Bear
Navigator of New Initiatives

“Supporting new employment initiatives, in collaboration with service providers, allows us to witness firsthand the breadth of innovation occurring within our province’s employment services system.”

Brenda Gatera
Engagement and Stakeholder Coordinator

"Our biggest asset is the diversity of our communities. Our differences in perspectives, stories, knowledge and experiences are exactly where innovation emerges. Our work prioritizes inclusivity and collaboration in finding what is working and how these best practices can be shared, ensuring that those who are impacted by decisions have a voice throughout the process."

Carrie Ferguson
Research Coordinator

“Our work at the CEI is innovative, evidence-based, and addresses real, on the ground issues that impact diverse communities. We use solution-focused approaches that highlight fostering collaboration, building capacity, and creating social change.” 

Jaime Smith
Director, Social Innovation, Coady Institute and StFX Extension Department and Executive Lead, Centre for Employment Innovation

“Innovation through collaboration is the cornerstone of our engagement, learning and research agenda. At the CEI, we focus on bringing together the people, knowledge and assets that strengthen communities and organizations, and build capacity for positive social change.”

Jessica Popp
Manager of Engagement and Partnership

“The voice of the community is at the core of our work. We believe collaborative relationships are key to fostering a future that works for all.”

Jody Cook
Financial and Administrative Coordinator

“CEI provides Social Innovation Labs and Communities of Learning to foster collaboration; bringing community and system partners together to share, learn, and develop innovative initiatives that ultimately lead to meaningful employment for all.”

Joel Murphy
Youth Leadership Intern

“Creating avenues and spaces for research to be initiated, driven, and informed by community and individual experiences within those communities is an integral act to encourage radical system changes”

Katie Stewart Snyder
Marketing & Communications Officer
"Storytelling creates an immersive experience that has the ability to not only inspire but create change. Providing opportunities for community to share their powerful stories and elevate first voice, is often a fundamental component to facilitating transformation within society."
Dr. Paula Romanow
Manager of Research and Evaluation

"We do research you can use. Our exploration of career development is practical, community-focused and above all, practitioner led.” 

Sarah Laffin
Research Intern

"Our work at the CEI strives to break down the barriers of inequality through innovative, evidence-based research that addresses the issues that impact our diverse communities. We seek to consistently ask "who is not at the table?". The voices of our communities are powerful and provide opportunities for collaborative, long-term and much needed change."

Tina Renier
Research Coordinator

“The CEI uses a variety of community-led research approaches along with developmental evaluation to track the roads taken, the roads not taken, ongoing and emergent issues. We recognize the importance of engaging communities and stakeholders by using evidence-based learnings to ensure successful program development and implementation."

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