The Best of 2018

As 2018 comes to an end and we prepare to welcome the New Year, we want to take a moment to reminisce on some of the year’s most exciting highlights. 2018 has been a year of growth and celebration here at CBU, and we’re so thankful to our community for sharing in this incredible journey with us. We’re #CBUProud to present, (in no particular order) the highlights of 2018!


We Got a New President!

We started our year off with a brand new President and Vice-Chancellor, David C. Dingwall. It was a careful and comprehensive selection process and we came out on top with a leader who is dedicated to the continual growth and quality of Cape Breton University.

David C. Dingwall Named President of CBU

Dingwall: The Early Days at CBU


We Underwent a Strategic Planning Process

We’re proud to end 2018 with a strong strategic plan that will guide our decision-making over the next five years. Through a process of discussions, community events and incredible cooperation, the plan was developed and will support our university as it continues to thrive for years to come.

CBU Launches Strategic Planning Process

Cape Breton University Strategic Plan


We Developed New Partnerships

CBU values cooperation and working together for the common good, so we’re proud of the MOU agreements and other partnerships that came together in 2018.

MOU With Kokugkuin University

Partnership With Chalo Canada

MOU With Assiniboine Community College

MOU With CBRM Transit

MOU With SIAS International University


Our Students Shared Their Stories

We love when our talented and hardworking students share their stories with the community. We’re so proud of everything they have accomplished in 2018 and can’t wait to see what they achieve next.

Pride & Ally Centre Coordinator: Zabrina Downton

B.Ed Student: Nadia Ross

Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council: Phillip Prosper

Students Employing Students: Daniel Reid

Women’s Centre Coordinator: Maria MacIntyre

Growing Together at CBU: Graham Marshall

Making the Most of University: Katelyn McPherson

From California to Cape Breton: Shanna Campbell

Fall Valedictorian: Michael Cadegan

Bachelor of Engineering Student: Jay Deshmukh

Seeing Double: BACS and Nursing Grad Natalie Forgeron

BBA Student: Alison Giovannetti

Psych Students Win National Award

An International Campus: Adam Le Hoan


Our CAPERS Soccer Teams Made AUS History

For the first time ever, both the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams from the same university won the AUS Championship in back-to-back years. We’ll be looking for the three-peat next season!

CAPERS Make AUS History


We Hosted Some Incredible Events

From Convocations and President’s Dinners to Chinese New Year, Diwali and so much more, campus was bustling with energy and activity all year long.

Spring Convocation

President’s Dinner Celebrates Class of 2018

Atlantiar Conference

President’s Leadership Dinner

Fall Convocation

Chinese New Year

The Biggest Diwali Celebration CB Has Ever Seen

Early Childhood Education Centre 20th Anniversary


Special Guests Came to Visit

Throughout the year, amazing guests from around the world were invited to campus.

Dr. Ramaswamy, Secretary of MCET

Chief Ovide Mercredi

Gwynne Dyer

Wanda Robson


Our Innovative Researchers Filled Us With Pride

Researchers at CBU have been doing groundbreaking work throughout the year, helping CBU become a global leader across various fields. We spent 2018 getting to know the unique and charismatic people behind all of that work!

Dr. Kevin McKague Named CRC in Social Enterprise and Inclusive Markets

Verschuren Centre Receives $1M in Research Funding

Dr. Bettina Callary Awarded Research Funding for Coaching

Dr. Heather Sparling Receives SSHRC Grant

CBU Named 2018 Inspired Educator for Sustainability Practices

Dr. Scott Rodney Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant

Rod Beresford: Oyster Industry Research

Dr. Martin Mkandawire Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant

Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant

Dr. Vielka Salazar Awarded NSERC Discovery Grant

Dr. Catherine Leviten-Reid Wins Gold Roof Award for Housing Research

Dr. Leigh Potvin Awarded SSHRC Funding

Catherine Leviten-Reid Awarded SSHRC Funding

Dr. Heather Sparling Renewed as CRC in Musical Traditions