Board of Directors

Hannah Martens, President

Born in Stratford and raised in Charlottetown before settling in the Annapolis Valley at the age of 11, her journey has been marked by a commitment to service. After serving in the Canadian Forces, she transitioned into civilian life and pursued her passion for politics, earning a BA degree in Politics from Acadia University and serving as a Councillor for the Town of Three Rivers. Prior to delving into the mortgage industry, she gained valuable experience in financial services as a Financial Advisor. 

Her personal and professional life converged when she met her husband, a dedicated Realtor and seventh-generation farmer, shortly after returning to PEI from Nova Scotia. Together, they reside in the picturesque Green Meadows, where they cherish the company of their two beloved dogs, Moose and Minnie, in their historic home. 

Currently, she is deeply involved in community service, serving on the Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and representing PEI as the Provincial Director on the Canadian Mortgage Brokers' Association Atlantics Board of Directors. Guided by the principle of "service above all", she remains committed to serving her clients & community with the same passion she served her constituents and country. 

Isabelle Dasylva-Gill

Isabelle Dasylva-Gill is Executive Director of Societe Acadienne et Francophone de I'lle du Prince Édouard. In addition to her Executive Director position, she has served on several boards of directors of organizations devoted to community development, the Francophonie, the status of women and children, multiculturalism, mental health for youth and access to justice. She has also received numerous recognition awards for her leadership, volunteerism, and contributions, including the Diversity Champion Award.  

Maureen Hanley - Vice President

Maureen Hanley has more than 30 years experience operating businesses, including a seafood processing plant. She specializes in project management, client relationship development, and developing media content. She is COO and cofounder of Navigate Food Safety Solutions in Montague, PEI, which provides coaching and online/onsite training to manufacturing companies primarily in global food safety certification and standards. Previously, she worked for seven years managing all initiatives related to the brand of Chef Michael Smith. 

Sherry Huang 

Sherry Huang is CEO of Study Abroad Canada and co-owner of Sunrise Group which works in a variety of sectors in Atlantic Canada and China - including software and database development, business development and management consulting, immigration services, and logistics solutions. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by Atlantic Business Magazine. 

Julie Murphy, Treasurer

Julie Murphy has been Controller of the PEI Bag Company in Central Bedeque since 2014. Prior to that, she served as Senior Manager of Grant Thornton LLP from 2000-2014. A graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Management, she is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She has been an active member of the advisory group for PEIBWA's Rural Women's Business Centre since 2019 and supportive of its development. She has been an advocate for women and various not-for-profit organizations in Prince Edward Island for a number of years.  

Martie Murphy

Martie Murphy is co-owner of D.P. Murphy, a giant in hospitality and food service in PEI. She is also CEO and owner of Tollestrup Construction Inc. She has made a contribution not just in the province's tourism sector but also throughout the community due to her commitment to giving back, including the Oak Acres Children's Camp in Murray River which provides subsidized day camping for children. In 2022, she was recognized as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by Atlantic Business Magazine. 

Jean McCardle - Secretary

Jean McCardle has enjoyed a vast 30-year career with the Canadian International Development Agency and Global Affairs Canada as a Senior Analyst. Having served on the Board of Directors for The Island Walk and as a councilor for the Rural Municipality of Victoria, Jean has a multitude of experience in the governing process. Jean is currently the Commissioner for the PEI Human Rights Commission. Jean displays extensive experience in finding solutions to complex issues. Also a business owner, Jean runs a Bed & Breakfast, Ebb Tide B&B in scenic Victoria by the Sea. 

Carol Rybinski

Carol Rybinski is a successful business entrepreneur based in Tyne Valley, Prince County, P.E.I. Her popular restaurant, Tyne Valley Teas Cafe, features fresh, locally sourced food products, as well as catering and online sales. Her company Demesne Design specializes in website development and design. A graduate of Concordia University with a bachelor of science degree in biology, Carol is also fluent in English and French. She serves as vice president of the West Prince Chamber of Commerce and is a former member of the advisory group for PEIBWA’s Rural Women’s Business Centre. Carol is an active advocate for PEIBWA, serving as a spokeswoman and participating in a PEIBWA delegation meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Gudie Hutchings (Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development) to discuss rural internet access in P.E.I.

Eliane Salgueiro

Eliane Salgueiro graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineer and a Masters's degree in Marketing. She worked in Brazil for 3M and General Electric, leading projects using Lean Six Sigma methodology. She worked with functional groups, redesigning processes to reduce inefficiencies, improve profitability, and better meet customer expectations.

During her career, she also worked as a business adviser for a Brazilian non-profit organization, developing strategies to promote business competitiveness for small, medium, and large companies, including branches of government.

Eliane fell in love with PEI when she first visited in 2013, and made PEI home in 2018. She is very active in volunteering her time in various island associations, and in supporting small businesses on PEI. Eliane is passionate about motivating people to think out of the box.