Cathy Bennett joined the BDC Board of Directors in May 2019.
Ms. Bennett brings to BDC’s Board of Directors more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, business executive, and innovator in restaurant operations, virtual office services, real estate and commercial construction. She is currently the majority joint venture partner of Rosewood Spa in St. John’s and the founder of The Business Suit(es), which leases traditional and virtual office space across Newfoundland. In her previous role as managing partner of Bennett Restaurants, she owned and operated three of the top 10 restaurants in Atlantic Canada by sales volume.
A seasoned corporate director, Ms. Bennett has served on private, public and non-profit boards in the mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, technology and energy sectors, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the St. John’s Board of Trade. She currently sits on the boards of SheEO, a non-profit supporting and financing female innovators; and Vigilant Management, which offers project management services to the construction and infrastructure sector. She is the Chair of the Atlantic sub-chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She was previously Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
Ms. Bennett was a Member of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2014 to 2018 as well as Minister of Finance and the Status of Women.