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Meet the team

Meet the team behind the lakes.

Will Martell - General manager

A PEI native, Will has an Honors Diploma from Holland College in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  He broadened his depth of knowledge over a 20+ year hospitality career working in a variety of positions.  He spent 10 years at the popular Brudenell River Golf Resort before relocating to Newfoundland to continue his career at Delta St. John’s Hotel and Conference Center and Greenwood Inn and Suites in Corner Brook, finishing there as General Manager. Wanting to return to the Maritimes he accepted a position as General Manager with Upstreet Craft Brewing in Charlottetown. Will was intrigued when he learned of the opportunity to lead the team at The Lakes at Ben Eoin Golf Club & Resort. Coming here will allow him to draw upon his love of golf and strong hospitality background to showcase this prestigious property within Cape Breton as well as to those from afar. 

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.

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.

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