Our Team

Adelaide (Addy) Strickland
Youth Engagement Specialist

"Young people are changing the course of our future. Creating spaces for youth to engage with each other and their communities in new ways, and to work on big issues is crucial to building a better world for all of us."

Ahmad Mahmood
Marketing and Communications Intern

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it."


Alaa Salih
Research Intern

I am interested in the CEI because they strive to ensure that community perspectives are being heard and incorporated throughout the research process. This allows for positive change and innovation to occur within the employment service ecosystem.

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."

Courtney McKay
Nova Scotia Works Research Intern

The CEI does purposeful community-based research with a focus on diversity, inclusion and equity. Through collaboration and career development pathways, the CEI helps Nova Scotian citizens find opportunities for meaningful work that helps them achieve a full and abundant life.

Eunace Muthua
Research Assistant

"The future is full of possibility, whether you make one tiny change - or a whole invigorating, thrilling, inspiring bunch of them." - Oprah Winfrey

Hannah James
Youth Participatory Action Research Intern

"Employment is an integral part of our lives, it determines where you live, what food you eat, and what services you have access to and all of those are determining factors in how healthy you are. The impact that employment has on our health is important and I am excited to have the chance to explore it further this summer!"

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.”

Jack Kennedy
Future of Leadership Intern

"Discovering and fostering opportunities for inclusive engagement is pivotal in promoting positive change.  Building collaborate networks and connected leadership development is a foundation in creating a future that is beneficial to all." 

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
Impact and Innovation Coordinator

“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”

Josslyn Gabriel
Collective Impact for Inclusive Youth Employment (CIIYE) Coordinator

"The foundation of meaningful employment is good relationships, the foundation of a good relationship is trust. CEI’s investment in community relationships creates a space that allows trust to grow and collaboration to take place."

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."
Kevanya Simmons
Collective Impact for Inclusive Youth Employment (CIIYE) Intern

"If your dream only includes you, it's too small." -Ava Duvernay 

Kristen Marshall
Nova Scotia Works Summer Intern

The work done by the CEI gives youth a platform to have a meaningful voice on topics that directly impact them. Working alongside youth and their employers allows us to develop practices to maximize the success of youth entering the workforce across Nova Scotia.”

Kwesi Yeboah
Research Coordinator – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility (IDEA)
Marian Turniawan
Research Coordinator

"Diversity facilitates creativity, widening the lens of possibility by learning from various ways of knowing, listening, valuing, and organizing. By leveraging the diversity of knowledges and experiences from across our communities, we can work together to reimagine and reshape employment opportunities so that all people can find meaningful, dignified, and sustainable work."

Maybelyne Lawless
Youth Engagement and Research Intern

“To create safer spaces and develop projects with the focus of enacting positive change for youth, listening to the perspectives of diverse youth is essential to understanding their experiences, priorities, and any potential barriers they might face in the workplace.” 


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."