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.

Alfred Burgesson, Project Lead for Nova Scotia Young Leaders, Centre for Employment Innovation

At an early age, Alfred Burgesson moved from Ghana to Nova Scotia with his family to pursue a better quality of life. Alfred is a community organizer in Halifax, and is passionate about youth sports, engagement, and employment. He is the Founder of HFX Collective, a youth-led organization and platform focused on creating opportunities for meaningful youth engagement and employment. He is a team member of the Halifax Social Network. Alfred serves on various boards and councils, including the Halifax Public Libraries Board and the Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council.

Andrea Curley, Research Coordinator

Andrea Curley aka Aowenjiio Onondaga Beaver Clan originally from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario currently, resides in Antigonish and is employed at St. Francis Xavier University’s Coady Institute in the Centre for Women’s Leadership and with Center for Employment Innovation. Andrea is also a part time student in the Masters of Education in Leadership at StFX.

Andrea describes herself as being “46 years young and having two handsome grown sons ages 24 and 20 of which both are doing great at becoming into their own. I have been in love now with the first white guy I ever dated so it has been an interesting four years. I fantasize a thanksgiving dinner in the oldest regalia with our families uniting for a meal. Never happened yet but I’m not a quitter!

“My passions include sharing my cultural knowledge with absolutely everyone, cooking, advising my sons, painting, being in love, sewing, learning new things, making fairy gardens, seeing new places, and talking to people who are interesting.”

She believes, “We are the ancestors of our peoples tomorrow.”

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

Angela Bear is a Certified Career Development Practitioner who has worked within the Nova Scotia Works Employment Services system for several years prior to joining the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI), Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department in 2017 as the Navigator of New Initiatives.

Born and raised in Nova Scotia and self-identifies as an African Nova Scotian woman, Angela has a passion for social change and creating more diverse and inclusive systems so all individuals can live a full and abundant life. Leading innovative programs that are driven by first voice, co-developed, designed and implemented into systems through collaborative efforts with partners and stakeholders, builds the solid foundations to trusting relationships.

Angela believes that creating social change is achieved by committing to doing the hard work which involves engaging in difficult conversations, sharing stories and taking time to respect and validate individuals then reflect on what the missing gaps are within a system with a focus on rebuilding policies and practices to be welcoming, safe and inclusive for all.

Brenda Gatera, Research and Engagement Assistant, Centre for Employment Innovation

Brenda Gatera has been working at the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) since September 2018, first as a Student Intern and now as an Engagement and Research Assistant. Brenda has worked with youth from historically underrepresented groups in Edmonton and Antigonish in different capacities over the past five years and carries a social justice lens in all of her roles. With a passion for community-led economic development, she is driven by her love for people and community in her research efforts at the CEI.

Brenda completed her BA in Economics at StFX University and is eager to explore her contribution in the changing world of work. Through her work at the CEI, Brenda is excited to contribute to the shift toward a more inclusive, equitable and human-centered workforce.

Carrie Ferguson, Research Coordinator, Centre for Employment Innovation

Carrie is a social sciences researcher with more than 15 years of research experience and a passion for immigration, gender, and employment. Carrie graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master’s in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Public Policy) and has two courses remaining in a Master of Public Administration Management degree, also from Dalhousie. Prior to that she graduated from St. Mary’s University with a BA Honours in Political Science (International Relations) and a minor in Psychology. After working in government, NGOs and university settings for a number of years, she has been with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) on the Employment and Bridging in a range of research roles. She and her partner live in Dartmouth and regularly commute to Bramber, Nova Scotia where they are starting a tree farm.

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, Manager of Engagement and Partnerships, Centre for Employment Innovation

Jess Popp joined 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.

Jody Cook, Financial and Administrative Coordinator, Centre for Employment Innovation

Jody joined the Centre for Employment Innovation (CEI) team in August 2018. Jody holds a Business Administration Degree, and a Certificate in Local Government Financial Management. She has fifteen years of experience as a finance and administrative professional, previously serving in the financial services industry and municipal government.

Jody’s positive attitude and organization skills make a great asset to the CEI Team.  She is excited about the space CEI provides all stakeholders in the Career Development Eco-System to enable meaningful collaboration that leads to positive changes.

Jody and her husband are raising three children and are dedicated volunteers in their community.

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.

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.

Paula Romanow, Manager of Research and Evaluation, 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.