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Meet the team

Meet the team behind the lakes.

Lindsey MacIntosh - General manager

Lindsey, a native of Barrie Ontario has a background in community economic development, event and project management, and sport and recreation. Lindsey holds both a Sport Management Degree Master in Business Administration, with a concentration in Strategic Leadership from Cape Breton University as well as holds a Diploma in Project Management from the University of Dalhousie.  Lindsey is responsible for developing the strategic vision to guide the future growth and development at The Lakes at Ben Eoin Golf Club & Resort while providing leadership to her team through the implementation of strategic priorities. Lindsey has chosen to make Cape Breton home for her and her young family.

Ron MacNeil – Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager

Ron has been cooking professionally for over 16 years starting at the age of 15.  Earning his first command as Executive Chef at the age of 23 at the original Birches at Ben Eoin Country Inn, Ron returns full circle as the Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager. Ron has his Red Seal, he has appeared on Breakfast Television, APN Channel, guest chef appearances at different resorts, events for PGA, has been in multiple articles and selected three years in a row for top local chef for the international food event “Right Some Good”.  Ron was published in “Where to Eat in Canada” while holding title of Executive Chef at Amedeo’s Italian Bistro. He has worked at the Elk Ridge Golf Resort, Arctic Lodge, Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort and the Inveraray Resort. Ron’s resort experience and creative way to cooking and presenting his dishes will be a great addition to The Lakes at Ben Eoin Golf Club & Resort.

Ashley Colbourne – Front of House Manager

 Ashley has been working in the customer service industry for over 10 years and over the tenure of her time has specifically worked in food and beverage services.  She truly enjoys the field meeting new members, guests and colleagues each day.  Ashley is a graduate of Cape Breton University holding a Bachelor of Science degree.  She is fluent in French having completed French immersion at Université Sainte-Anne. Ashley has a passion for working in Business and plans to continue her studies in this field.

Wesley Stanford – Manager of Golf Operations, Head Golf Professional

Wes was born and raised by his father, just north of the city of Barrie, in a small town of just 6000 people called Angus. Wes developed a passion for the game of golf in a local junior program at Circled Pine, a golf club on the local military base. His past positions include; Teaching Professional with GOLFTEC; Assistant Professional Oakdale Golf & Country Club and The Oakdale Golf Academy. Wes brings an extensive background in customer service and membership services including developing/implementing new programs and initiatives to enhance membership and guest experiences. Wes is equipped with a heavy knowledge of club fitting, and teaching.  Wes is looking to make Cape Breton a permanent home for he and his young family.

Matt Blackburn - Superintendent

Matt grew up working and playing golf at New Ashburn Golf Club, in Windsor Junction. While working there he attended Dalhousie Agricultural College, in Truro, and graduated with an honours degrees in Horticulture with a concentration in Turfgrass. After graduation he moved to Florida and spent a year as Assistant Superintendent at Stoneybrook Golf Club in Fort Myers.  Matt then decided to move home to Nova Scotia and was Assistant Superintendent at Oakfield Golf and Country Club in Oakfield, NS for six years. Upon seeing a new project an opportunity at The Lakes he moved his young family to Cape Breton and was involved in the initial construction, responsible for the initial grow in of the Lakes and has been overseeing the spectacular property ever since.  Matt and his team work tirelessly to maintain immaculate course conditions and first-class standards for all members and guests. 

Anne MacNeil - Head of House Keeping & Facilities

Born and raised in Montreal, Que, Anne moved to Cape Breton Island 22 years ago and has been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years.  Anne is in her fifth season with the property. Anne has a reputation for treating everyone the same whether they are royalty, rock stars or colleagues, she is well known for her high standards and kindness.

Thomas Xidos- Finance Officer

Thomas has a passion for both the game of golf and accounting making his position as the Finance Officer a perfect fit.  He has enjoyed playing the competitive side of golf and especially likes playing in tournaments. He has also been a Club Champion at The Lakes. He is a very positive person and loves bringing his up-beat personality to our wonderful team. He has been a part of The Lakes since they opened back in 2010 and is excited to be a part of this new chapter with The Lakes Golf Club & Resort.

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