Mary Beth Doucette joined the Purdy Crawford Chair team in 2010 as part of a partnership between Membertou and Cape Breton University. Originally, in her role as Associate Chair she was intimately involved in setting the goals and direction of the project, helping to monitor and promote the program regionally and nationally, and keeping open lines of communication between the Membertou community and other partners. As deliverables were met and the Nova Scotia Pilot of the Business Network for Aboriginal Youth (BNAY) succeeded in producing a model for high school youth mentorship through technology, the project gained further recognition and support resulting in a Federal announcement to partially fund a BNAY expansion nationally. In 2014, Mary Beth moved into the role of Executive Director of the Purdy Crawford Chair to manage the project’s growth.
Mary Beth is a Mi’kmaw who has excelled as a scholar, obtaining a SSHRC Canada graduate scholarship during her graduate studies at CBU. Her graduate research in the MBA (CED) focused on community economic development in First Nations, examining the role of cultural tourism. She engaged in primary research with Elders and band administrators at Membertou in regards to a proposed Heritage Park. She is a dedicated community volunteer which, combined with her background in industrial engineering and community economic development, made her a strong addition to the management group at Membertou as Director, Quality Assurance and ISO Compliance.