Board of Directors

Brandon Ellis – BA ’16

Dr. Julie MacDonald – BA ‘95

Mohit Kumar – BET ‘19

Graham Marshall – BACS ‘19

Louisa Esangbedo – BHSC ‘17

Paige Cox – BACS ’18 BA ’21

Sheila Caverzans  – BACS ’89

Aman Khaliq – MBA’15

Gurmit Kaur MBA ‘20



Louisa Esangbedo

Occupation: Information and Resource Specialist, Nova Scotia Works

Program of Study: Bachelors of Health Sciences, Public Health, May 2017

What do you love about Cape Breton University & your time spent here?:  Going to CBU was definitely one of the best decisions I made. I grew as a person and I learnt so much about myself. I really enjoyed the community at CBU, the friendships I formed and the professors I had. I really liked the multicultural aspects CBU offered and the opportunities to be involved in so much. The smaller class size also helped improve my confidence in the classroom and with my public speaking.

Childhood Dream Job: I always wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl. Most specifically a Pediatrician because I was sick a lot as child and I really love children.

Personal Anthem: My anthem is anything Beyoncé… you name it!

Personal Motto: My personal motto is ‘if you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”.  -MLK, Jr.

Three words that best describe me: Sassy, Extra & Fun

Ideal Late-night snack: Popcorn

Childhood Nickname: Mama


Graham Marshall

Occupation: Councillor at Membertou First Nation

Program of Study: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies from CBU in 2019

What do you love about Cape Breton University & your time spent here?: The diversity, inclusiveness of every human being who walks through the doors, seen in things like the mix of languages in the Welcoming mural. 

Personal Motto: The Creator gives you two ears and one mouth for a reason. The Creator is telling you, you have to listen twice as much as you speak.

What was your childhood nickname: Graham cracker, Graham wafer



Mohit Sharma 

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer Technician at Innovacorp

Program of Study: Post degree in Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Petroleum Engineering) from CBU, 2019 & Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University,2016.

What do you love about Cape Breton University: I think there are so many reasons to love CBU, I like the library rooms where I spent abounding hours preparing for exams, the cafeteria where I shared laughter with friends, Classrooms where I met people from different parts of the world, Students Union blocks where future leaders are carved & many more. CBU has a special place in my heart. It helped me to prepare to take on challenges and get ready for the blissful journey ahead.

Childhood Dream Job: Doctor but I didn’t have a good time with biology. Then changed my mind to become Automobile Engineer.

Personal Anthem: Aaja Zindagi 

Personal Motto:  Invention is one step away from imaginary constraint. Lets’ jump over it and create history.

Ideal Late-night snack: Rajma (Kidney Beans) & Rice.

Sheila Caverzan

Childhood Dream Job: lawyer

Personal Anthem: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Personal Motto: When everyone is included, everyone wins – Jesse Jackson

Ideal Late-night snack: nachos

Favourite 90s Jam: none, I prefer 80’s new wave, and 70’s yacht rock.

Three words that best describe you: open-minded, curious, empathetic

Childhood Nickname: none

Paige Cox

Occupation: Actively searching

Program of Study:  B.A, BACS

What do you love about Cape Breton University:  That it is an open and accepting University. That no matter what walk of life you come from you are accepted

Childhood Dream Job: Ballerina

Personal Anthem: Fight song

Personal MottoWe may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

– Maya Angelou

Ideal Late-night snack: Jelly bellies

Favourite 90s Jam: Vogue- Madonna

Three words that best describe you: bubbly, giggly, happy

Childhood Nickname: Paige Ellen


Amna Khaliq

Occupation: Business Management Faculty member at Northern Lights College, British Columbia

Program of Study: Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, May 2015

What do you love about Cape Breton University: Going to CBU was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was a home away from home (Calgary, Alberta). Kind, friendly and helpful professors who knew me by my name. The small class sizes made learning fun. The writing center and community volunteering activities really boosted my confidence level and public speaking skills.

Ideal Late-night snack: Nuts, Chocolates, Gol Guppay!!

Personal Motto: What goes around, comes around. Whatever happens, happens for the right reason.

Three words that best describe you: Talkative, hardworking and determined.


Gurmit Kaur 

Program of Study: MBA (CED), CBU, 2020;

PG Diploma in Psychology and Counselling Skills, St. Francis Degree College- 2016,

Diploma in HR & Marketing – Phoenix Institute, 2014,

Bachelor of Commerce, Osmania University, 2007; India.

Occupation: Career Counsellor at YMCA/Nova Scotia Works, Cape Breton

What do you love about Cape Breton University: CBU made my childhood dream of pursuing an MBA abroad come alive. Besides the Community Economic Development component with business studies was the icing on the cake. The time I spent in CBU interacting with professionals and peers from diverse backgrounds helped me broaden my knowledge base and prepare me for future endeavors in Canada and elsewhere.

Childhood dream job: To be an entrepreneur

Personal Anthem: My dream is to fly – Yves LaRock

Personal Motto: “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.” – Mother Teressa

Ideal late-night snack: Lindt dark chocolate

Three words that best describe you : Adventurous, Ambitious and Loyal