Our Staff 

Neila Buchanan, Finance Administrator

Neila Buchanan joined ACAP Cape Breton in October of 2006 as ACAP Cape Breton’s Finance Administrator.

Neila is responsible for all accounts receivable, accounts payable, and of course payroll.

Her work experience includes 28 years in the banking industry along with her educational background which comprises of a Fundamental Accounting Principles Degree from Cape Breton University, an Investment Funds in Canada Course, and Principles of Credit Courses from the Institute of Canadian Bankers.


These attributes have made Neila an organized and dependable employee. Neila has a true passion for the environment and has been adopting environmentally friendly practices for as long as she can remember.

Jen Cooper, Associate Executive & Project Manager 

Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Graduate Certification in Ecosystem Restoration.

She is happiest when she’s boots deep in a stream or up to her elbows in soil.

With an interest in ecological gardening, Jen loves experimenting with the cultivation of native wetland plants and with their natural capacities for water filtration.

Her characteristic sense of wonder at nature’s intricate mechanisms serves her well in teaching complex scientific concepts in fun and muddy ways.

In her spare time Jen is a writer, a painter, and mother of two sweet children.

Meaghan Fortune, Project Coordinator 

Meaghan has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cape Breton University.

She has a passion for all things nature. Some of her interests include marine life, being out in the forest, and she is developing a love for plants and gardening.

She has a caring and friendly personality and feels most at peace when she is out in nature, whether it’s spending a day in the forest listening to the birds and studying the plants and trees or sitting in the water getting to know the aquatic animals.

Meaghan also has a deep love for all animals, having three dogs of her own. She believes that we need to take care of our environment not only for the humans, but for all animals too. She works hard every day to be environmentally friendly by taking care of our ecosystems and educating others on the importance of caring for our beautiful earth.

In her spare time Meaghan enjoys creating beach glass art, photography, and exploring our beautiful island.

Ally Chant, Project Coordinator

Ally holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in psychology and music from Dalhousie University. She joined the ACAP team in July 2020, when she took on the role of Trashformers' team lead. We couldn't get rid of her, and now you can find Ally splitting her time between her two passions: coordinating the Trashformers & Community Clean-ups, and running the Eco Shop.


An avid hiker, camper, and skier, Ally prefers to be outdoors especially with her best pal Sophie, the yellow lab. Her favourite places in Cape Breton are around the Bras d’Or Lake in Ben Eoin and Big Pond. She splits her time equally between hanging out in the woods, and investigating the floor of the Bras d'Or Lake. She is an avid gardener and lover of all animals: she was rescued by two cats and a dog,  When she must be indoors, you'll never catch her without a cup of tea in hand. She enjoys playing piano and clarinet, hand lettering, reading, and embroidery.

Jordan Strong, Habitat Restoration Coordinator

Jordan Strong is a recent graduate of the NBCC Miramichi Environmental Technology program. Since moving to Sydney, Cape Breton, he has joined the team at ACAP CB as the Habitat Restoration Coordinator. His interests are focused around aquatic species, forestry, and soft stream restoration techniques.

When not working in the woods or the office, Jordan can be found fly fishing, picking the five-string banjo, or wandering in the woods with his dog Smudge.

We would like to acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. 

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contact us:

Visit: 90 Esplanade, Sydney, NS

Mail: PO Box 28, Station "A", Sydney, NS, B1P 6G9

Phone: (902)567-1628

Email: ed@acapcb.ns.ca