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.