Propel ICT welcomes Barry Bisson as new CEO

Propel ICT, Atlantic Canada’s startup accelerator, announced today that Barry Bisson, former President of SHAD Valley International, will join the organization as its new CEO.

Steven Burns, the Chairman of Propel ICT welcomed Bisson to the team, saying, "I am thrilled for Propel and the startup community within the region. With Barry’s leadership, I believe we will be able to build a strong vision for the region and execute on that vision.”

For twelve years Bisson led SHAD Valley International, building deep ties with the entrepreneurial community in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and throughout Canada. He brings those far-reaching networks and a lifelong dedication to fostering entrepreneurial and innovative potential to this new role.

“As the former leader of SHAD, a national organization, I witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact that can be created when organizations and individuals set aside the interests and priorities of their jurisdiction to support a cause that is for the greater good of the nation,” said Bisson. “In this new role, I am determined to be an effective advocate, fostering collaboration among many stakeholders, all for the greater good of Atlantic Canada and our country.”

Bisson begins his new role as CEO with Propel ICT next week. In the coming weeks he will be visiting the four Atlantic Provinces to meet Propel’s current cohort companies and its community partners in the region.


About Propel ICT

Propel ICT is Atlantic Canada’s startup accelerator, serving entrepreneurs throughout all four provinces. Propel works with volunteer mentors and community partners throughout the region. Since 2004, 200 companies have graduated from one of Propel ICT’s programs. Alumni include companies like Analyze Re, who recently exited; St. John’s-based HeyOrca who closed $2M in funding May, 2017; and Fredericton-based Resson Aerospace who raised US$11M in 2016. To learn more, visit or follow @propelict.


For more information contact:

Trevor MacAusland
Propel ICT