Propel hires two entrepreneurs-in-residence

Derek and Gordon


Derek Latham and Gordon McArthur join Propel team


Propel is thrilled to announce they have expanded their team significantly by hiring Derek Latham and Gordon McArthur as entrepreneurs-in-residence (EIRs).


An integral role in the organization, Propel’s EIRs help to develop and shape the programming for its accelerator Incite.  They also work directly with the founders and startups – coaching them on next steps for their business, guiding them through the curriculum and connecting them with mentors and experts.


“We are very happy to have Derek and Gordon join our team,” said Barry Bisson, CEO of Propel.  “While their backgrounds are different, their knowledge and experience is equally impressive.  And, perhaps more importantly, they are both extremely passionate and driven to help the founders in Incite further their companies.”


Latham has a background in business development and marketing and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world.  He has developed successful consumer programs for Nestle Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint.  He also led business development in Atlantic Canada for Starbucks Coffee Canada.  Latham is also no stranger to Propel as he participated in their accelerator as a founder in 2017.


“I am very excited to be working with Propel’s incredible team, whom over 15 years developed Atlantic Canada’s leading ICT accelerator,” said Latham.  “A Propel Alumni myself, I am excited to work with the talented startup founders to achieve product/market fit and grow their businesses here in Atlantic Canada.”


McArthur has a long history with entrepreneurship and ten years of experience at the intersection of cleantech, ICT, and hardware industries. He was one of the founders of Eosense – an environmental gas measurement technology company.  He spent nearly 10 years as the president of the company during which he helped protect and manage intellectual property, as well as grow its international sales reach.


"There are a lot of places to go wrong when starting a business and what Propel is doing, getting businesses off on the right foot by focusing them intensely on the problem they are solving, is going to have huge reverberations in Atlantic Canada and beyond. I'm fortunate to be a part of that,” said McArthur.


With these two hires, Propel now has four EIRs on staff.  Latham and McArthur join Charlotte Murray and Richard Jones.


About Propel

Propel aims to be a leader in fostering the growth of successful global technology companies headquartered in Atlantic Canada.


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Derek Latham
Propel Team

Derek is an Entrepreneur in Residence with Propel and also manages Marketing and Communications for the company.

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Gordon McArthur

Sales professional. Market developer. Coach for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.