About Barry G. Bisson MBA P.Eng (NB) FEC
Barry G Bisson was appointed CEO of Propel, an Atlantic Canada accelerator for technology startups in October 2017.
He was appointed President of Shad Valley International in January, 2005. Shad Valley International is a non-profit organization that currently operates the flagship SHAD Program at twelve Canadian universities. SHAD exists to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place. Since its inception the program has challenged Canada's highest-achieving youth to realize and deliver on their full potential by developing their leadership abilities, creativity, entrepreneurial passion and other skills that are essential for success in our global knowledge-based economy.
Barry has had a long history with SHAD. He was the first Director of the SHAD program at the University of New Brunswick in 1985 and 1986 and served again as Director from 1998-2004. He joined the Board of Directors of Shad Valley International in 2000. He retired as President of SHAD in July 2016.
Before joining SHAD, Barry was a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New Brunswick from 1983-2004. He held the Dr. J. Herbert Smith/ACOA Chair in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship. This program was established in 1988 to address the need for business and entrepreneurship education for engineers and others with an interest and/or background in technology.
Barry joined the Faculty of Engineering at UNB in 1983 as a Professor of Civil Engineering and Coordinator of the UNB Transportation Group. He served in this capacity until July 1994 when he was appointed Chair of the Technology Management and Entrepreneurship (TME) Program. Barry was awarded the Dr. Alan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching at UNB in 2001 and a Distinguished Service Award from UNB in 2005.
Prior to joining UNB he worked for nine years in the federal public service for Transport Canada in various positions related to air transportation in Canada. He also has had considerable experience in the private sector since 1983 as a management consultant to numerous corporations and government agencies.
Barry was also an adjunct professor teaching a course in entrepreneurial finance in the Masters in Business Entrepreneurship and Technology Program (MBET) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2005-2009.
Barry holds BSc (1971) and MSc (1974) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and an MBA (1981) from Harvard University.
Barry is a member of the Board of Directors of Propel and of the Startup Zone in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Shad Valley International. In 2009 he was named a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In 2013 he was awarded the distinction of Professor Emeritus in Engineering at the University of New Brunswick.