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.

2022 - 2023

Year in Review

2022 - 2023

Year in Review

The 2022-2023 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.

Brian Purchase

Board Chair

Schwartz Furniture

Dan MacDonald


DMDE Engineering Ltd.

Alisha Mombourquette


Grant Thornton

Tracey Boutilier

Executive Committee Member

Vibe Creative Group

Alyssia Jeddore

Executive Committee Member

Eskasoni Corporate

Sandra Kanchuk

Past Chair

Nova Scotia Power

Adam Bateman


Ron Blinkhorn

Casino Nova Scotia - Sydney

Paul Breski

Nova Scotia Power

Geoff Clarke

Port Hawkesbury Paper LP

Pearlene Cormier

East Coast Credit Union

Howie Doiron

Lindsay Construction

Darrell Gallant

Marine Atlantic

Storm Gould

We'koqma'q Corporate

Brad Jacobs

Colbourne Auto Group

Kelsea MacNeil

Membertou Corporate

Nicole Morrison

Mabel Systems

Mary Jane Morrison

Cape Breton University

Jen Ryan

Quincy Street Market

Vivek Saxena

Strait Area Campus, Nova Scotia Community College

James Wooder

JBW Consulting Inc.

Shaowei Xu

SW East International Trading & Consulting

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


Blayr Billard

Chief Operating Officer


Colleen Wheeliker

Strategic Relations Advisor


Jeremy Martell

Director of Communications


Carly Appleton

Communications Coordinator


Danielle Casagrande

Welcome Network Coordinator


Tyler Cole

Economic Development Officer, Cape Breton Regional Municipality


Kate Collinet

Digital Marketing Specialist


Bill Culp

Creative Economy Development Officer


Michaela Epifano

Communications & Investor Relations Specialist


Parker Horton

Economic Development Officer, Victoria County


Ashish Joy

Administrative Assistant


Ocean Le

Cape Breton Connector Program Coordinator


Jessica MacDonald

Human Resources Advisor


Kelly MacKinnon

Labour Market & Immigration Advisor


Lynne MacLennan

Economic Development Officer, Inverness County


Jennifer MacNeil

Green Energy Engagement Coordinator


Dani Mombourquette

Immigration Engagement Coordinator


Tara Paon

CBLIP Program Coordinator


Kailea Pedley

Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership Program Manager


Rachelle Samson

Economic Development Officer, Richmond County and Town of Port Hawkesbury


Garrett Whittle

Finance and Payroll Coordinator


Lan Zheng

Economic Development Officer, Cape Breton Regional Municipality


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:
Jen Ryan, Quincy Street Market (Co-Chair)
Adam Bateman, Business Development Bank of Canada (Co-Chair)
Alyssia Jeddore, Eskasoni Corporate Division
Kelsea MacNeil, Membertou Corporate
Vivek Saxena, NSCC Strait Area Campus
Geoff Clarke, Port Hawkesbury Paper
Pearlene Cormier, East Coast Credit Union

The current Board of the CBRM REN includes:
Tracey Boutilier, Vibe Creative Group (Chair)
Brad Jacobs, Colbourne Auto Group
Shaowei Xu, SW East International Trading & Consulting
Howie Doiron, Lindsay Construction
Darrell Gallant, Marine Atlantic
Ron Blinkhorn, Casino Nova Scotia – Sydney
Nicole Morrison, Two Men and a Truck