Advisor Profiles

Meet Your Academic Advisors


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).



Alyssa MacDonald
Student Development Officer, Student Affairs

My first experience with CBU was as a student from 2004-2008 obtaining my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. From there I received my Bachelor of Education Degree and began working as a secondary teacher in Cape Breton. As someone who taught high school for five years before starting to work at CBU I know how challenging, overwhelming, and exciting the transition to university can be for new students. Whether you are coming direct from high school, transferring from another post-secondary school, or returning to university as a mature student, you are new to CBU and I want to be able to support you during this transition. Working as both an academic success coach and an academic advisor has allowed me to see the full scope of the student experience and to gain a better understanding of how I can best help new students here at CBU. I love the work that I do and my favorite part of advising would have to be matching new students up with their Peer Success Coach. I love seeing how happy they are knowing that they have someone they can talk to about what to expect and someone who has just gone through their own first year experience.



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!



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.



Chelsey Martell
Enrolment Services Professional

My journey with CBU began back in 2014 when I decided to further my education and attain my Bachelor of Science. After completing my degree, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. As somebody who loves helping others, beginning my career as an Enrolment Services Professional here at CBU was the right choice for me. I’m very excited to start this new chapter. As a recent graduate, I know how difficult the transition to university may be, so I’m here to make it as easy as possible! My goal for each advising session is for students to feel set up for academic success and excited for their transition into university. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, traveling, practicing yoga, doing crafts, and enjoying all that Cape Breton has to offer. I love spending time outdoors so if you are new to Cape Breton I would be happy to tell you all the best hiking trails. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your academic and career goals!


Ian MacQuarrieIan MacQuarrie
Enrolment Services Professional

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!


Mary Theresa Jessome
Enrolment Services Professional

My journey at CBU began in 2011 in the Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies program (grad ’14) and continued in the Bachelor of Business Administration (grad ’16). My experience at the University has had a major impact on me- the experiences and opportunities from both programs (including having the opportunity to participate in experiential learning with fellow students in a group setting classroom, as well as complete research and volunteer experiences with local community organizations) made me realize that being involved in the community and actively reaching out to help others on campus was what I wanted to focus on in my career. Over the years, I have been involved with local volunteer organizations and worked in different departments at CBU. I hope with my experience I can give back to the campus community and help those with any questions! Little about me: I am a longbow archery shooter, steersperson/coach for dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarder, and avid knitter.


Allison Boudreau
Enrolment Services Professional

A born and raised Caper, my CBU journey began by pursuing my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology in 2009. While studying, I was active on campus as the Psychology Society President and volunteered with the CBU Women’s Centre & the Pride Centre. I worked as a student research assistant, a teaching assistant, and lab instructor for developmental, cognitive, and statistical psychology courses respectively. Post graduation, I moved to Calgary in 2013 to pursue a Masters of Science in Educational Psychology, eventually returning to Cape Breton after my studies to proudly serve my home community. I loved my time at CBU so much that I felt fortunate to return to campus as an Enrolment Services Professional, travelling across Canada helping future students (of all ages and abilities) find pathways to their goals and dreams! I enjoy spending my spare time outdoors, exploring the beautiful Cape Breton coastline in my kayak or hiking the Highlands. Lately, I’ve taken to more home-based activities like reading and discovering funny TikToks in my backyard hammock. I look forward to meeting you and learning about your goals and interests!