MONCTON– Atlantic Canadian startup accelerator Propel ICT announced Thursday that Barry Bisson, former President of SHAD Valley International, will join the organization as its new CEO.
“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,” said Propel ICT chairman Steven Burns, in a release.
For twelve years Bisson led SHAD Valley International, building deep ties with the entrepreneurial community in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and throughout Canada. Propel ICT says 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.