John MacNeil, FCPA, FCA
Grant Thornton LLP
John MacNeil is a well-known and respected leader in the Cape Breton business community. As a partner at Grant Thornton LLP, with more than three decades worth of experience, John holds many roles at his firm and in his community. He recently completed a 12-month certification process to obtain the FEA designation (Family Enterprise Advisor) through the Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors. With this experience, he provides his clients with strong and clear business advice when helping with generational transitions, which is one of the most critical challenges family enterprises face. John also leads Grant Thornton’s provincial Aboriginal sector. He has built a strong reputation in the First Nations communities and has become a go-to for many Aboriginal organizations in Nova Scotia.
John goes above and beyond for his community and those organizations to which he lends his time have grown significantly, thanks to his contributions. During his 12 years on the Cape Breton Partnership board, he was instrumental in guiding the Partnership from its early formative years to become an organization that is a leader in the Atlantic Canadian economic development field.
Most recently, John has been heavily involved with the Cape Breton Chamber of Commerce as President, participating in all events and functions, and assisting with recruitment as part of the hiring committee for the new Chamber CEO.