About the Chamber

Our mission

For every business within the CBRM to be a valued member of our Chamber and to work together to build a thriving, confident community where business needs to be.

Be a catalyst for growth

Be a catalyst for growth

Our Chamber is a catalyst for business growth by listening to and advocating for our members’ needs.

Create stronger businesses

Create stronger businesses

We create a stronger business community through collaboration, networking, advocacy, and education.

Cultivate positivity

Cultivate positivity

We cultivate positivity by changing the conversation about business in the CBRM.

Challenge the status quo

Challenge the status quo

Our Chamber pushes for change and encourages innovation amongst our membership.

Our values

To empower private businesses to thrive in the CBRM.

We always act in the best interest of our members.
We are unwavering in our commitment to supporting business growth.
We embrace change and welcome ideas that nurture our economic future.
We demonstrate non-partisan, objective leadership.
We prioritize collaboration with forums for our business community to connect.

Our team

Connect with us and make the most of your membership! Our goal is to connect you with the right people and opportunities to support you in your success. Contact us at any time with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Kathleen Yurchesyn

Chief Executive Officer

Erica Holgate

Member Relations & Communications Coordinator

Melissa Vickers

Office & Events Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

Our volunteer board is made up of local business people that offer a wealth of knowledge from a diverse set of professional backgrounds and provide the Chamber with support in our advocacy efforts.

Sean MacDonald

Portside Law (Chair)

Paula MacNeil

Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation (Vice Chair)

Michelle Wilson

Sydney Downtown Development Association (Past Chair)

Darren Chiasson

MNP LLP (Treasurer)

Craig Boudreau

J. Francis Investments

Ian Parker

LaFosse MacLeod Law Offices

Dr. Peter Kerr

Cape Breton University

Glenn Turner

Nova Scotia Community College – Marconi Campus

Todd Mercer

Mercer Fuels Ltd.

Douglas MacLennan

Lindsey Construction

Angela Adams

Hall's Air Conditioning, Heating & Maintenance ltd.

Chuck Ogley

District 11 Taxi

Shelley Bennett-Trifos

Trifos Design Consultants

Our history

1911

The Chamber was incorporated as the Sydney Board of Trade with a membership of 38. The unified communities of Glace Bay, New Waterford, Dominion, Sydney, North Sydney, Sydney Mines, and Louisbourg, provided a strong voice for Cape Breton professionals going forward.

2002

The Industrial Cape Breton Board of Trade became the Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce in order to modernize our image and bring the organization in line with other business organizations in North America.

2018

The Chamber renamed itself the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, to encompass the region in its entirety, and embarked on a four-year strategic plan which included a rebranding. You will find the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce office at 275 Charlotte Street in Downtown Sydney, but the organization represents all areas of the CBRM.

2021

Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce remains a private-sector led, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization. We aspire to be a catalyst for business growth by listening to and advocating for our members’ needs. This means creating a strong business community through collaboration, networking, advocacy, and education.

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