Our Staff

Take some time to learn about the staff of the StFX Extension Department.

Pauline MacIntosh, Fieldworker

Pauline MacIntosh has been with the Extension Department since 1997. An experienced adult educator and facilitator, she is passionate about working with groups engaged in participatory research, program evaluation, capacity building, community development, and strategic planning. She has extensive hands-on experience supporting the success and growth of a variety of local, provincial, and regional entities, and regularly designs and delivers educational workshops and training for groups and organizations. Pauline has been instrumental in the design and delivery of the Extension Department’s Rural Leadership Development Program. Through this program, she has brought people together to discuss community-based approaches to development and has led engaging discussions that bridge theory and practice.

Pauline holds a MA (Adult Education) from Mount Saint Vincent University, a BEd (Secondary), a Diploma in Adult Teacher Education and a Certificate in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a BA from StFX.

Paula Brophy, Coordinator, Innovation and Enterprise Centre and Self-Employment Benefit (SEB) Program Coordinator

Paula Brophy has been with the StFX Enterprise Development Centre (XEDC) since 2007, and with the StFX Extension Department since 2012. Paula is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs achieve their goals. As an experienced business counsellor and facilitator, she is passionate about working with entrepreneurs to help strengthen and grow their businesses. With a strong belief in education and self-improvement, Paula has focused on developing and facilitating entrepreneurial programming in Northeastern Nova Scotia. She is well versed in what it takes to design a successful start-up enterprise, and she is dedicated to helping clients get the information and skills they need to succeed.

Paula holds a BIS from StFX and a Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences, Nova Scotia Community College.

Jaime Smith, Director, Social Innovation

Jaime Smith joined the Extension Department as the executive lead of the Centre for Employment Innovation in April 2017, and in April 2019, she was appointed as Director of Social Innovation for the Extension Department and the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.

Jaime has a rich volunteer and professional experience rooted in planning, participatory leadership, adult education, and community development.

Jaime’s work spans multiple contexts including co-founder of grassroots initiatives including Pictou County 2020, board director for local, provincial and national organizations, and passionate activist for gender and racial equality. Jaime is empowered by her love of community and people. She is enthusiastic to work with communities, businesses, institutions and governments to explore, co-develop, evaluate and scale innovations for social, environmental and economic wellbeing, ensuring all members of society, especially those experiencing vulnerability, have a strengthened quality of life.

Jaime is currently enrolled in the MAdEd (Community Development) program at St. Francis Xavier University, she holds a BDes (Honors in Planning) from the Nova Scotia College and Art and Design, and a BA (Environmental Studies) from Mount Allison University.

Jaime, her husband Aaron and their three sons live and play along the shores of the
Northumberland Strait in King’s Head, Nova Scotia.

Jess Popp, Coordinator of Stakeholder Engagement, Centre for Employment Innovation

Jess Popp joined the Extension Department as the coordinator, Stakeholder Engagement for the Centre for Employment Innovation in 2017. As an experiential educator and passionate environmental scientist, Jess has been using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education as a tool to facilitate changes in youth development and career awareness. She has extensive experience designing and delivering hands-on, learner-centered workshops for youth, post-secondary and graduate students, volunteers, and professionals. Inspired by community-driven development, Jess has collaborated with a variety of sectors to create programs that empower communities, emphasize transferable skill development, and prepare individuals to become critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Jess is eager to bring together voices and ideas from across Nova Scotia to help foster a more resilient and effective workforce.

Jess has a MSc (Aquatic Ecology & Predation) from the University of Saskatchewan and a BSc (Biology & Environmental Studies) from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She also holds certificates in Asset-Based Community Led Development from the Coady Institute, IAP2’s Planning and Techniques for Effective Public Participation from Delaney & Associates, and Group Facilitation Methods from ICA Associates.

Paula Romanow, Manager of Applied Research, Centre for Employment Innovation

Paula Romanow joined the Extension Department in April 2017 as manager, Applied Research for the Centre for Employment Innovation. Paula has worked in a variety of communication roles: television news and documentary producer/director, freelance writer and journalist, military public affairs officer, and owner of Bramblefield Research & Consulting. Active in community-based education and rural community development, she began teaching at the Nova Scotia Community College in 1994 and in the Communications Studies and Faculty of Education (Lifelong Learning) at MSVU in 1999. Paula’s academic research interests centre on rural community development in all its facets – economic, health and wellness, sustainability, education, and policy development, and the role that communication plays in resiliency. Paula has also conducted research for a variety of academic and community-based research projects ranging from communication in all its forms and the cultural effects thereof to the use of recognition of prior learning in developing competency-based standards and certifications for career development practitioners. Prior to coming to Extension, she was the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association.

Paula holds a BA in communication studies from the University of Windsor, a Diploma in Adult Education from StFX, a MAEd in Adult Education from MSVU, and a PhD in communication from Carleton University.

Katie Stewart Snyder, Marketing and Communications Officer, Centre for Employment Innovation

Katie Stewart Snyder joined the Extension Department as the marketing and communications officer for the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) in July 2017. She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional, having held various positions in this field throughout her career. Katie is also an entrepreneur, operating her own marketing business in her off-hours. She believes strongly in the power of storytelling and, through her work, aims to blend the classic art of storytelling with today’s modern media. In addition to marketing, Katie has a background in project management and process optimization, which is a skillset she has found very useful in subsequent roles.

In her position as marketing and communications officer, Katie’s role is to manage all communications initiatives for the CEI, as well as the social media presence of StFX Extension, and provide other departmental support as required. Primarily based at the Coady International Institute, Katie also works regularly from the Pictou County ChamberHUB in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Angela Bear, Navigator of New Initiatives, Centre for Employment Innovation


Cat MacIntyre, Research Intern, Centre for Employment Innovation

Cat MacIntyre originally joined the StFX Extension roster in the summer of 2017 as a Wallace Family Intern, working on a mental health literacy project that she is still developing. Since 2017, Cat has occupied a variety of research intern roles through the Center for Employment Innovation. In this, she has assisted in exploring a variety of important topics pertinent to the research activities happening throughout the CEI.

Cat is from Antigonish, and has always been thrilled at the kinds of opportunities present in a small town. She is excited and energized by collaboration, and appreciates the space created by Extension to foster collaboration within community development. She is a recent graduate of the StFX Bachelor of Education Program.

Michael Adiyia

Michael Adiyia joined the Extension Department in June 2019 as the Research Coordinator for the Centre for Employment Innovation. Born and raised in Ghana, Michael holds a Master of Rural Development (MRD) degree from Brandon University (Canada) and a BSc. Development Planning degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana). Michael has worked with the Rural Development Institute in Brandon, where he served several roles including: RPLC secretariat support, community outreach coordinator and student support for MITACS project. With over two years’ field experience working with and supporting indigenous adults and youth with mental challenges, Michael is committed to improving overall livelihood and well-being of people.

Michael has interests in a variety of development and research activities ranging from both rural to urban contexts. He has conducted research works in the areas of peri-urban agriculture, climate change and food security, community leadership and development, corporate social responsibility activities and others.

In his new role at the CEI, Michael welcomes the opportunity to share his experience and learn from others, how to best improve the lives of people through community engaged and applied research.

Brenda Gatera, Research Intern, Centre for Employment Innovation


Hannah Moore, Research Intern, Centre for Employment Innovation


Danielle Lucier, Communications and Engagement Intern, Centre for Employment Innovation


Hannah Macdonell, Engagement and Research Intern, Centre for Employment Innovation