Born in Boston, MA, but raised in Mabou, NS, Keith MacDonald has always had an interest in business and entrepreneurship. From his early days of working on his parents farm, Keith went on to become involved in Junior Achievement company program, eventually becoming VP of Production and playing a role in leading the company to the Cape Breton chapter of the year award.
It was during that time that Keith was invited to a business dinner, where he had the pleasure of being seated with members of CBU’s faculty, student body, and senior administration. Throughout the evening the conversation was easy and Keith was able to get a better understanding of exactly what CBU had to offer him. Keith reflects, “They were all very friendly and welcoming. I actually decided on attending CBU that night.”
Keith spent the next five years working toward his Bachelor of Business Administration (’96) and his Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies (’96), but his campus involvement didn’t stop in the classroom. Keith was highly engaged in a number of student societies, groups, and committees. He was also one of several founding members of the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE) – CBU chapter. During his senior year at CBU, Keith also served in the Students’ Union Finance office. “I feel like my time with the CBU Students’ Union really prepared me for a successful professional career,” said Keith. “It gave me valuable insight and opportunities that allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.”
Today, Keith serves as President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership, an organization working toward economic prosperity for the Cape Breton Region. He is also past president of the CBU Alumni Association and head coach of the CBU women’s hockey team. Keith notes, “I think it’s really important to remain active within the CBU community in order to support students and allow them to reach their full potential.”