IC Fellowships


Vanessa Paesani

Vanessa Paesani helps great organizations build more solid foundations. Through Vanessa’s exploring, she’s travelled to 5 continents and worked locally and internationally. She’s had insight into most organization functions through her work – people & culture, governance, strategy, execution, sales – and has spent time in both the non- and for-profit sectors. Her background in science, education and inquiry lead her into passion for building community and bridging the gap between divides.

Vanessa’s project focuses on reducing conflict in polarizing conversations.

Kjeld Mizpah (KJ) Conyers-Steede

Originally from Bermuda, he has lived, worked, and played within the Atlantic Canadian region for over eight years; and is a proud graduate of the University of New Brunswick. Kjeld Mizpah has performed in numerous management positions within the public sector, focusing on developing a human-centred approach to economic and community development within the region. Since the start of 2022, he has served as the director of change management for Hockey Nova Scotia. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as the Policy Advocate and Operations Manager for the Spring Garden Area Business Association (SGABA). Before moving to Nova Scotia, Kjeld Mizpah lived in New Brunswick, where he served as the executive director of the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA) and an innovation strategist and facilitator for the Government of New Brunswick.

Kjeld Mizpah is excited to join Inspiring Communities fellowship because he believes that navigating change within the public sector starts by encouraging communities to collaborate through networks to combat the region’s economic, environmental, and social issues. Kjeld Mizpah is passionate about ensuring economic, and community development encourages Atlantic Canadians to work, live, and play within the region.

KJ’s project focuses on shifting policy-setting toward a more collaborative, systems-based approach.