Keith MacDonald

INVERNESS COUNTY: The Cape Breton Partnership’s loss is Inverness County’s gain.

“I am very excited about my new role,” said Keith MacDonald, who is joining Inverness’ municipal staff in the role of Chief Administrative Officer. He accepted the role last week, and he’ll officially take the position on February 26.

MacDonald comes to council with an impressive background. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of the Cape Breton Partnership. He led that group for the last 10 years.

“My economic development background through experiences with InRich, the Mabou and District Development Association and the Cape Breton Partnership will prove valuable in supporting the council on new initiatives,” he said. “I also bring experience in governance, communications, financial oversight, and developing highly productive teams.

“The council has recently completed an organization review, and I am confident that I will be able to support them in their efforts to move forward the numerous recommendations. The work I have undertaken in the past will lend itself well to successfully advance the findings in the report.”

Under his leadership, the partnership addressed Cape Breton’s economic opportunities and challenges, led the development and delivery of the Prosperity Framework, launched Elevate Magazine, and created an investment campaign attracting nearly 200 private sector businesses to the partnership.

He grew the partnership from two to over 20 employees. He gave over 100 youth and young professionals the opportunity to gain work experience in Cape Breton through work terms, co-op placements and various contract positions. He was also responsible for the delivery of the Cape Breton Regional Enterprise Network (CBREN) for Inverness, Victoria, and Richmond counties.

“There are numerous opportunities in Inverness County,” he said. “Many sectors such as tourism and the fisheries are on the rise. It will be exciting to work with businesses in the county and help them address challenges and opportunities.

“The opportunities for Inverness County are significant. They have a great team there.”

Coming to Inverness Council allows MacDonald to return to his original stomping grounds, as the CAO is from Mabou. Having the opportunity to work at home strikes a pleasing chord with MacDonald.

“I look forward to seeing many of my friends and relatives more often,” he said. “I plan to getting involved in the community and maybe get back on the ice with some of my old high school hockey teammates.”

MacDonald will spend the next few weeks transitioning out of his current role with the partnership.

MacDonald is replacing Joe O’Connor, who retired in October. Since then, Director of Finance, Tanya Tibbo, has been interim CAO.