The Cape Breton Partnership brings together people who believe in the power of working together to increase economic opportunities and aims to transform Unama’ki - Cape Breton into the most creative and prosperous place on Earth.

Strategic Goals

The Cape Breton Partnership supports companies and entrepreneurs through our projects and initiatives by:


our island as a great place to live, work, and invest.


a culture that values and celebrates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


entrepreneurs and companies to the resources they need to succeed.

2021 - 2022

Year in Review

2021 - 2022

Year in Review

The 2021-2022 Year in Review includes an update on a number of initiatives, programs, and services the Cape Breton Partnership has led and carried out over that calendar year.

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Board of Directors

The Cape Breton Partnership was formed with the idea of uniting businesses and communities across Cape Breton to drive the economy forward. The Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from the public and private sectors.

Alisha Mombourquette


Grant Thornton

Brian Purchase

Board Chair

Schwartz Furniture

Dan MacDonald


DMDE Engineering Ltd.

Sandra Kanchuk

Past Chair

Seaside Wireless Communications Inc.

Tracey Boutilier

Executive Committee Member

Vibe Creative Group

Adam Bateman


Alyssia Jeddore

Eskasoni Corporate

Brad Jacobs

Colbourne Auto Group

Darrell Gallant

Marine Atlantic

Geoff Clarke

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP

Howie Doiron

Lindsay Construction

James Wooder

JBW Consulting Inc.

Jen Ryan

Quincy Street Market

Kelsea MacNeil

Membertou Corporate

Nicole Morrison

Two Men and a Truck

Osborne Burke

Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Ltd.

Paul Breski

Nova Scotia Power

Pearlene Cormier

East Coast Credit Union

Ron Blinkhorn

Casino Nova Scotia - Sydney

Shaowei Xu

SW East International Trading & Consulting

Vivek Saxena

Strait Area Campus, Nova Scotia Community College

Our Team

The team at the Cape Breton Partnership consists of an energetic and dedicated team of individuals with a broad range of skills and expertise, including project management, labour and immigration, communications and marketing, business planning, and economic development to name a few.


Tyler Mattheis

President & Chief Executive Officer


Ashton Bishop

Finance & Administration Advisor


Bill Culp

Creative Economy Development Officer


Blayr Billard

Chief Operating Officer


Carly Appleton

Communications Coordinator


Colleen Wheeliker

Strategic Relations Advisor


Dani Mombourquette

Immigration Engagement Coordinator


Garrett Whittle

Bookkeeping and Administrative Assistant


Jennifer MacNeil

Green Energy Engagement Coordinator


Jeremy Martell

Director of Communications


Jessica Fogarty

Cape Breton Welcome Network Coordinator


Jessica MacDonald

Human Resources Advisor


Kailea Pedley

Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership Program Manager


Kate Collinet

Digital Marketing Specialist


Kelly MacKinnon

Labour Market & Immigration Advisor


Lan Zheng

Economic Development Officer, Cape Breton Regional Municipality


Lynne MacLennan

Economic Development Officer, Inverness County


Martin Thomsen

Innovation & Economic Development Officer, Richmond County & Town of Port Hawkesbury


Michaela Epifano

Communications & Investor Relations Coordinator


Ocean Le

Cape Breton Connector Program Coordinator


Parker Horton

Economic Development Officer, Victoria County


Shannon McNeil

Business Planning Advisor


Regional Enterprise Networks (RENs)

The Cape Breton Partnership provides economic development support to all five Municipalities on the Island, and four First Nation communities, under the Regional Enterprise Network (REN) model in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia. The Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) includes the First Nation Communities of Eskasoni, Membertou, Wagmatcook, and We’koqma’q; the Municipalities of the Counties of Inverness, Richmond, and Victoria; and the Town of Port Hawkesbury. The CBRM Regional Enterprise Network (CBRM REN) is represented by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Both RENs are a part of a larger network of Regional Enterprise Networks across Nova Scotia.

For more information on the CBREN and CBRM REN, click the below buttons which contain information on core activities, governance and oversight, current board members, and key delivery areas.




Through the Regional Enterprise Networks, Cape Breton Partnership staff are based across the region in Baddeck, Port Hood, Arichat, Port Hawkesbury, and Sydney.

For more information on local Unama’ki – Cape Breton communities, visit and our developed community profiles.

The current Board of the CBREN includes:

Osborne Burke, Victoria Co-op Fisheries 
Alyssia Jeddore, Eskasoni Corporate Division
Vivek Saxena, NSCC Strait Area Campus
Adam Bateman, Business Development Bank of Canada 
Jen Ryan, Quincy Street Market
Geoffrey Clarke, Port Hawkesbury Paper
Pearlene Cormier, East Coast Credit Union

The current Board of the CBRM REN includes:
Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group
Brad Jacobs, Colbourne Auto Group
Shaowei Xu, SW East International Trading & Consulting
Howie Doiron, Lindsay Construction
James Wooder, JBW Consulting
Ron Blinkhorn, Casino Nova Scotia – Sydney