Advisor Profiles

Meet Your Academic Advisors


Jacqueline Côté
Student Development Officer, Disability Support

My CBU student experiences are as a first year student straight out of high school, living away from home for the first time and then as a mature student working full-time and caring for small children. I loved CBU so much that I had to work here! I’ve been an employee for almost 10 years and have worked in three different departments. My career has also included working in healthcare as an IT adult educator, tutoring children from grades 1 to 12, as a parenting program facilitator, and running an ADHD and LD support group. In 2009 I received my Master of Arts Integrated Studies-Educational Studies. My focus in that degree was on working with people who, like myself, have disabilities. I love working at the Jennifer Keeping Centre because helping students with disabilities reach their full potential is incredibly rewarding. I have five kids, a husband and a dog. I love spending time with my family, going camping (in a small trailer with a bathroom!), spending time at the beach in any season, and sci-fi and superhero movies.

Angela Jagoe
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

After completing my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees in 2011, I spent many years teaching non-profits across the United States how to fundraise and plan large-scale events. I have worked with hundreds of non-profit leaders over the years and enjoyed travelling to meet with them in person across the US. Some organizations I worked with were health-based, faith-based, focused on US veterans, children, animals and more. The one commonality was the dedication of student volunteers from every local university. I have always enjoyed working with University Students and helping them find their paths. I came to Cape Breton in 2020 and am now working as a First Year Academic Advisor. I look forward to meeting you and helping you carve-out your own journey- beginning at CBU!

Holly MacDonald
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

Growing up in a very rural area along the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, my transition from high school (graduating class of 42) to university was intense. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, knowing I wanted to pursue a career that involved helping people. I found myself at CBU in 2017 working as an Academic Success Coach and have also had the pleasure to work as a Student Placement Officer and learn more about the co-op program and BACS work placements.I absolutely love advising; some of my university classes were so impactful and it is exciting to be a part of another student’s academic journey. Outside of CBU, I am a mom of 3, a lover of all music and a glue-gun extraordinaire. I look forward to meeting you!

Mike MacIsaac
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

After completing my Bachelor of Arts Degree, I came to CBU to complete a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Co-op). After going on to work in the aerospace industry for approximately 6 years, I returned to CBU in 1996 as an employee. When I’m not taking care of my family, my main role(s) has evolved from coordinating placements for Co-op and BACS students, to academic and career advising. I really enjoy meeting students from all over the world, learning about their career interests and discussing with them, their path to get there. Fun fact: I have worked on some very interesting projects including the manufacturing of parts for the Canadarm (Space Shuttle Robotic Arm).

Ian MacQuarrie
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

Born and raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, I’ve been a proud Caper my entire life. My journey at Cape Breton University began in 2010, when I enrolled in my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology. After graduating in 2015, I became a proud CBU Alumnus. Deciding to further my education, I continued my studies at Nova Scotia Community College, where I received my diploma in Social Services in 2017. I joined the Enrolment Services department at CBU in 2017 as an Enrolment Services Professional and recruiter. My job involves providing in-office services to students as well as travelling throughout Nova Scotia to recruit high school and community college students to join our CBU family. My favourite part of my job is meeting new people and helping our students in any way that I can. When not in the office or travelling, you can find me spending time with family and friends, as well as cheering on my favourite team, the Toronto Raptors. I look forward to meeting you and guiding your journey here at CBU!

Eli Quirk
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

I am a white settler whose family resides in Unama’ki (Cape Breton) on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. I completed my studies at CBU with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies with an Area Major in Communication, English and Business. Throughout my life I have volunteered, facilitated and co-organized events supporting 2SLGBTQ inclusive youth in Cape Breton and beyond.  I am a lifelong learner and, as a white queer/nonbinary person, I continue to educate myself on the intersectional aspects of my position here at CBU. Outside of my work at CBU you can find me spending time with my family and friends, walking on a beach somewhere or supporting local small businesses across the island. I have two senior cats Henry and Ollie whose favourite activities include napping, eating and more napping.