2023 Nova Scotia Career and Employment Student Symposium

A virtual event featuring presentations by post-secondary students from across Nova Scotia whose research or summer employment connects to career development, employment, and labour.

Youth Engagement Framework

The Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) has developed a provincial Youth Engagement Framework to help employers, organizations, and service providers better support and serve the interests of Nova Scotians aged 18-34.

Nova Scotia Works Diversity and Inclusion Program

“This initiative works with African Nova Scotians and persons of African descent to open doors and create meaningful employment opportunities.” – Angela Bear, Centre for Employment Innovation

Innovation Video Series

A province-wide video project documenting innovations and unique employment narratives found within the Nova Scotia Works employment services system.


The Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) at St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University works alongside communities to strengthen the development and delivery of employment services in Nova Scotia through various activities, partnerships, projects and research.

The CEI works diligently with its partners to:

  • enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within workplaces;
  • foster exemplary career development practices;
  • conduct applied and practitioner-based research;
  • provide distributed systems leadership;
  • foster a more skilled, resilient, and productive workforce;
  • encourage collaboration for a greater collective impact for all Nova Scotians.

As part of a systems-focused approach to employment services excellence, the CEI conducts many of its activities in collaboration with Nova Scotia Works and other provincial employment services providers, the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA), and the Government of Nova Scotia’s Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration.

Land & Labour Acknowledgement

The Centre for Employment Innovation operates on the ancestral, unceded territory of Mi’kma’ki, which holds a complex history of—and continues to be impacted by—exploitation, violence, and colonization. We acknowledge Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) people as the original caretakers of this land and recognize the failure of colonial institutions and systems to maintain the Treaties of Peace and Friendship that were intended to guide our presence here.  

We also acknowledge the historical presence and contributions of African Nova Scotians and Persons of African descent, whose forced labour played a significant role in forming the foundations of this province, and whose own relationship with land has been complicated by the impacts of slavery and colonization. The labour of refugee and immigrant groups, as well, has been exploited towards the same end.  

Race and Indigeneity have been used as tools to oppress and repress various communities across these lands, and the intentional and unintentional maintenance of otherness continues to cause harm and contribute to the grief and trauma of historically excluded groups. As an organization, we take responsibility for learning and seeking long-term transformation in our relationships with land and labour in our province.



Introducing our Research Intern

Introducing our Research Intern

Meet Alaa! Alaa Salih is currently a graduate student completing a Master of Education (MEd). As someone from a visible minority group, she believes that it is essential to increase minority representation in both professional settings and in academia; therefore, a...

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Introducing Our Marketing and Communications Intern

Introducing Our Marketing and Communications Intern

Meet Ahmad! Ahmad recently started working at the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) as the Marketing and Communications Intern. He has previously worked with StFX’s Student Success Centre, the StFX Students’ Union as well as The Career Studio at Schwartz School...

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Introducing Our Nova Scotia Works Intern

Introducing Our Nova Scotia Works Intern

Meet Kristen! Kristen is our Nova Scotia Works Summer Intern. Kristen is from Whitby, Ontario and is currently in her third year in Human Kinetics at StFX with a minor in Biology.   Kristen is looking forward to working with interns across the NS Works system to...

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