Education Program Coordinator



Vanessa Paesani
Systems Support Administrator
Wallace McCain Institute
Fredericton, New Brunswick



Vanessa Paesani is motivated by building resilient and multifaceted leaders. Believing strongly in learning experiences with outcomes, Vanessa is co-delivering ‘Our Top Talent’ which will connect graduating post-secondary students in NB with employers to help address a workforce gap and outmigration of youth.  Also through WMI, she co-moderates peer groups of teachers.  In a trust-based setting, selected teachers dive deep into current issues in the educational system empowering them to lead change. This group is now in its fourth year and has offered over 30 sessions with leaders from various sectors.

Aside from the contract roles with WMI, Vanessa is the Program Director at 21inc where she recently delivered a 3-day accelerated leadership conference for 50 of Atlantic Canada’s high-potential leaders under the age of 40.

Previously, Vanessa was a founding member of The Gaia Project team, serving both in a program delivery and subsequently as executive director.  Vanessa has a BSc with honours from Mount Allison, a BEd from Saint Thomas and is a certified teacher.  She sits on the board of directors for the Saint Thomas University Alumni Association. In her spare time she enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, organizing tournaments, or walking in the woods with her dog.