Ken Newport

Ken Newport


Ken Newport is an entrepreneur and life sciences business executive. As a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Accountant, Newport had early success in the financial services industry and served as a partner in a Chartered Accounting firm.

His focus changed to life sciences in the mid-nineties with the formation of CroMedica Global Inc., a contract research organization. As co-founder and President he witnessed CroMedica’s growth to 600 employees within six years. By the time that CroMedica merged with PRA International Inc. in 2002, CroMedica had annual revenues of over $40 million with 13 offices in nine countries.

The combined company became one of the five largest contract research organizations in the world with 2,600 employees. Mr. Newport served as a Senior Vice President and Executive Committee member until 2005. Mr. Newport was also a founding member of Global Biomedical Capital Corporation, Zelos Therapeutics Inc., Prime Trials Inc. and other life science organizations. He is now a corporate director and has earned the ICD.D designation.

He serves or has served on several corporate boards including Jennerex, Nordion, MedGenesis, Aeterna Zentaris and many others. In addition, Mr. Newport has volunteered on many boards including serving as Chair of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and his current role as Chair of BioCanRx, Canada’s National Centre of Excellence for Immunotherapy Cancer Research.

Allen Lalonde

Allen Lalonde


As TryCycle’s Chief Innovation Officer, Mr. Lalonde leads the innovation process inside the organization by identifying, communicating and ensuring organizational alignment on priority strategies, business opportunities and emerging technologies.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Allen also chairs the TryCycle Advisory Committee, where key clients and market advisors provide insight and advice on business priorities and challenges, potential strategic investments, M&A, and matters of technology and innovation.

Allen’s early leadership and contributions in Canada and Latin America with a rapidly growing start-up (Rational Software), lead to its acquisition by IBM where he then spent 20 years in roles such as Enterprise Sales Director, Software Business Unit Executive, Integration Executive for Mergers and Acquisitions, and leading efforts across the Start-up ecosystem.

Most recently, he held the role of IBM Canada’s Senior Innovation Executive and Director of IBM Canada’s Research & Development Centre, from 2013 to 2019. In that capacity, Allen directed IBM’s investments and participation in numerous strategic innovation initiatives across Canada.

Allen also contributed to the innovation agenda in Canada by participating on multiple Boards of Directors, advisory boards, councils and committees, and working with government, industry and academic working groups to establish new priority pursuits.

Prior to his Rational Software and IBM tenure, Allen spent 15 years in increasingly senior capacities in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, working in Canada and globally with Bristol Myers Squibb and a number of its companies, notably Mead Johnson Nutrition. His roles over those years grew steadily, and included leadership responsibility for product development, research, consumer and government affairs, and ultimately divisional general management.

Following his retirement from IBM, Allen continues to consult on innovation matters with the federal government, and he holds several positions on boards across Canada, most notably including the Aquahacking and Aquaforum Boards (de Gaspe Beaubien Foundation), a pan-Canadian initiative addressing water issues in Canada through innovation and technological solutions largely developed by young entrepreneurs.

Allen holds two degrees, one in Chemistry and another in Integrated Science Studies, from Carleton University in Ottawa. Based in Ottawa, Allen is married with two children.

John MacBeth

John MacBeth

FOUNDER & CEO, TryCycle Data Systems

John is the Founder and CEO of TryCycle Data Systems, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. For more than 20 years, John has been in the business of creating digital technologies and solutions. John has a BA from Carleton University (Ottawa), a MA from The Graduate Institute (Connecticut) and is currently a PhD student at Carleton University (Ottawa) and Trent University (Peterborough).

Jonathan Mayhew

Jonathan Mayhew

CEO, Ontrack Inc

Jonathan leads all aspects of Ontrak’s business. He joined the company in 2021 from CVS where he was Chief Transformation Officer. Jonathan brings deep experience in building and leading multi-billion dollar healthcare businesses at Aetna and Cigna, and a proven track record of delivering record growth for public companies. Jonathan’s passion is to transform behavioral health for vulnerable populations.

Mayhew is a graduate of Providence College. He currently serves on the boards of Able To, a technology-enabled provider of behavioral health care, and Strong Center, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to maximize their talents through athletics and education.