"Great things in business are never done by one person..."

-Steve Jobs

Meet the Propel Team

Barry Bisson

CEO

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Elaine McKinnon

CFO

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Angela Hodgson

Director of Operations & Programming

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Gaylene Gillis McCarron

Marketing & Operations Coordinator

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... and Our Amazing Start-Up Coaches

Charlotte Murray

Startup Coach

After leaving her corporate career at Procter & Gamble in Switzerland and New York, Charlotte returned to Canada and launched a scuba dive expedition to mobilize local communities to clean up the underwater environment. Following this purpose-driven project across Canada, she co-founded her startup, PACTA in Halifax, which is where her startup journey began.

She has been through the ups and downs of a startup and has participated in a number of accelerators  Launch36 and Propel cohorts in 2014 and 2015, followed by Founderfuel accelerator in Montreal and Google in Mountainview, California. She has been in founder shoes, bootstrapping a startup, pitching investors in Canada and Silicon Valley ( Google… ), raising money and growing a team, as well as the unfortunate risk and reality of startup life - having to close down. She channels her passion for supporting founders and growing the community by combining her corporate and startup journeys into all walks of life. She is a strong advocate for purpose-driven companies, for thinking bigger, where positive impact and growth reaches beyond the bottom line.

Derek Latham

Startup Coach

Derek began his career in Toronto working for Nestlé Canada on the PowerBar energy bar portfolio before moving to Ottawa to lead the development of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic program for the Royal Canadian Mint. Derek held various senior sales with Starbucks Coffee Company roles in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada before diving into entrepreneurship in 2015.

Derek is a Propel graduate having gone through the Accelerator in 2016 and understands the ups and downs that accompany startup life, shuttering his business in 2017. Derek’s extensive experience in data and insight-driven marketing drives him to encourage founders to embrace customer discovery as the key to understanding how to create value for their customers.

Richard Jones

Startup Coach

Richard has thirty-five years of experience in the energy, engineering, and information technology fields. He has worked in a wide variety of leadership and technical roles, from CEO of early-stage technology start-ups to leading divisions within multi-billion dollar organizations. He is a passionate advocate for helping social sector organizations operate more effectively and he serves on Boards and in executive positions in those organizations. Since 2017 Richard has worked with Propel as a Startup Coach.  He loves working with founders to apply lean startup frameworks that help them understand their customers and accelerate the start-up go-to-market strategies.

Julien Robichaud

Startup Coach

As a proud member of the Propel team, Julien is a Startup Coach supporting founders. Originally from Moncton, New-Brunswick, Julien has worked a number of years in the business and francophone community with a number of organizations and collaborators. Artist at heart, Julien has also created a number of creative initiatives including lead director and screenwriter for a successful world-wide documentary and support in the launch of a French Foodie magazine across Canada. Julien is looking forward to working with founders and supporting them in their creative and validation process.