Jaime Smith

Director, Social Innovation Coady Institute

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.