Marlene Usher, FCPA, FCA
CEO
Port of Sydney Development Corporation

Born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Marlene Usher has become a trusted and respected businesswoman and community advocate over the past three decades. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Cape Breton University in 1989. She began her career with KPMG and earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 1992, receiving recognition on achieving the David Hope Honor role.

In March of 2007, Marlene was appointed by the Federal Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as the Acting CEO of a federal Crown Corporation, ECBC, charged with economic development. In February 2015, Marlene accepted the position of CEO of a newly incorporated Port of Sydney Development Corporation overseeing the day-to-day operations of the port which includes cruise and industrial traffic, real estate and business development.

Marlene has recently been a member of the Cape Breton University Board of Governors and is presently a member of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and Environment at Cape Breton University. She has been the spokesperson and champion of the United Way campaign in her community and was the Chair of the Board for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation from 2014-2017. Currently, she is on the Board of Governors for the Nova Scotia Community College, serving as incoming chair of the Audit Committee and also is on the Executive Committee of Destination Cape Breton.