Propel Announces New CEO

August 23, 2021

Moncton, (NB) July 20, 2020 – Propel’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of a new CEO, seasoned technology executive Kathryn Lockhart.

Kathryn was most recently the Vice President of Growth and Corporate Strategy at JVPLabs, a MedTech start-up focused on telemedicine. She has deep experience scaling young technology companies and will play a key role in advancing Propel’s continuous intake e-accelerator and goal of growing founders in the region and beyond.

Kathryn holds an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from University of New Brunswick’s Renaissance College.  Her work experience began in Toronto where she launched and grew the first technology division for a now global Human Capital Management firm. Following this, she relocated to Europe, where she ran her own start-up based in Oldenburg, Germany as well as led strategic growth for another start-up in Munich. Back in Canada she then served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Bluedrop Learning Networks based in St. John’s. She is a regular guest speaker at a number of events, including Young Women of Influence in Toronto, and is passionate about mentoring women in business. Kathryn and her family will be based in Saint John.

“Thanks to an exceptional team and leadership from Barry Bisson, Propel is poised to help founders tackle our new world in a big way. The future is full of opportunity and entrepreneurs play a profound role in developing it, especially in times of change and uncertainty. I’m truly honoured to carry the torch forward to help put Atlantic start-ups on the map,” comments Lockhart.

Board Chair Jeff White states, “We are thrilled to welcome a leader like Kathryn to Propel. She is passionate about scaling young, emerging organizations and brings a broad range of experience building strong sales teams and creating the environments for teams to learn and thrive. Second to that, she has developed a global network through her leading strategic work for companies and has the long-term vision and ability to build upon the strength of the Propel brand to secure industry partnerships and drive results.”

Kathryn’s first day with the organization will be September 28, 2020 and outgoing CEO Barry Bisson will conclude his term on October 31, 2020.

About Propel

Propel helps entrepreneurs build high-value tech companies through their continuous intake e-Accelerator. Propel aims to be a catalyst in fostering the growth of successful global technology companies headquartered in Atlantic Canada.

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