Professional Faculty

Business executives, professional educators, CIOs, consultants and business strategists … the Leaders Beyond™ faculty comes from all aspects of business and the public sector. Using curriculum that has evolved over a decade of leadership training experience, their proven approach to education features a high degree of teacher/student mentorship and extensive use of case study analysis.

Craigg Ballance

Program Director, Leaders Beyond

Craigg is an executive advisor, author and management educator whose work focuses on developing greater collaboration and value delivery between business clients and technology resources. For over three decades, he has managed technology-enabled business initiatives and innovations in the finance, logistics and public sectors, and he has become a recognized authority on the modernization of banking systems and technology infrastructures. Craigg is the author of three books on leveraging technology for business innovation, and is a frequent speaker at business, professional and academic conferences. His pragmatic, collaborative business style translates exceptionally well to the education environment.

Dr. James L. Norrie, DPM, LL.M

Associate Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Eichelberger Chair in Business Education, Graham School of Business, York College Pennsylvania; Managing Partner, e-Venture Consulting, Inc.

James conducts industry research, speaks globally at conferences and consults to companies with a focus on aligning business and IT strategy. Prior to joining Utica College, he was Associate Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, where he taught business and technology strategy, leadership and project management. James is the author or co-author of 5 books and hundreds of presentations and articles. Prior to his teaching career, he was an entrepreneur who founded and managed several high-tech and e-business ventures.
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Rainer Beltzner

Former Managing Director and Consulting Partner, KPMG

Rainer has a distinguished track record in providing information technology and business strategy advice and solutions to a broad spectrum of global clients over many years. As a Certified Corporate Director, chairman, president and CEO he has in-depth first-hand insight into the roles and functions of executive teams and boards of profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has designed and delivered numerous professional business courses for Canadian Universities and is a fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and a member of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants. He is also on the faculty of the Toronto Center for Mindfulness Studies and teaches the Mindful Self-Compassion program to business, health care and education professionals. Rainer is an avid car enthusiast, race driving instructor, competitive racer and automotive journalist.
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Jim McDade

COO Aware360; former CIO Purolator Courier, Alberta Health Services and Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board

Jim has more than 30 years of experience as a provider and CIO in implementing and operating large scale, complex IT solutions for both the public and private sector. Following a 20+ year career at Accenture as the lead for the Canadian Public Sector Practice, Jim led many IT teams as CIO for Purolator Courier Ltd., CTO / CIO for Alberta Health Services and CIO for the Ontario Workplace Safety Insurance Board. Jim specializes in building and developing the capabilities of all employees, large scale business transformation, and strategy / business change execution. As COO, Jim is responsible for all operational activities, focusing on leading Aware360’s positioning and growth in this rapidly evolving technology space.
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Michael McInerney

President of Executive and Board Services Consulting Group

Michael has earned a reputation as a trusted advisor and developer of highly innovative solutions that mobilize boards, executive teams, leaders and work forces to improved performance and sustainable and measurable change. He is a frequent speaker on subjects such as rapid alignment, organizational change, talent management, leadership, reward strategy and board governance. He has held senior executive positions with Nortel, IBM, Xerox and Gulf Canada, and has consulted extensively with organizations such as Manulife, SONY, Royal Bank, TD Bank, Sobey’s and Prudential. In addition to his numerous published articles he has completed research with the Ivey School of Business, Queens University and the Conference Board of Canada. Michael has also served on numerous boards, including Bank of America (Canada), the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada and the Make a Wish Foundation of Canada where he was president of the Toronto Chapter.

Edmond Mellina

President, ORCHANGO; former CIO, Delta Hotels

Edmond, president and co-founder of ORCHANGO, gets powerful messages across with his highly dynamic speaking style and engaging stories. He is internationally respected as an expert in change management when change is fast-pace, constant, overlapping and disruptive. For over 25 years, he has partnered with public and private sector clients in Europe, North America and the Middle East to build their change capabilities while helping them win in an increasingly digital world. Edmond was CIO at Delta Hotels when Expedia disrupted the hotel business, and VP corporate development and GM for the technology business of Envoy Communications Group when marketing agencies started to become digital.

Young Park

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, D+H

Young has over 25 years of leadership success in the IT industry, with extensive knowledge of strategic planning, consulting, business development, and operations management. She was previously Sector Vice President for the Property & Casualty (P&C) Insurance vertical at CGI Group, General Manager of Systems Development at Bell Sygma, and Vice President Information Systems and Technology at ReserveAmerica. Young holds a Bachelor of Math (Co-op Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo, as well as the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has also completed the Queen’s Executive Development program and the Rotman School of Management’s Director Education program.

Mark Ripplinger

President, Everlink Payment Services; former VP Technology and CIO, Canadian Payments Association

Mark has full organizational responsibility for Everlink’s broad portfolio in the highly-competitive payments transaction processing and ATM/POS device industry. During his 30-year management career, he has gained a wealth of experience in business and IT leadership, governance and effectively implementing change, including his former position of Vice President, Technology & CIO of the Canadian Payments Association. As a consultant, Mark has helped many public and private sector clients improve IT execution and increase business value.

Brigitte Robinson

Personal and Professional Effectiveness Coach

Brigitte is a well-known professional stage and screen actor who has devoted a 35-year career to perfecting and refining the most effective verbal and non-verbal communication techniques. As a teacher and coach, she helps her clients in business and government to harness the power of these same techniques to elevate their performance at work, allowing them to improve their personal confidence and professional effectiveness. Her craft has been honed over 13 seasons with the Shaw Festival, numerous TV and film roles, including Murdoch Mysteries, Street Legal and St. Urbain’s Horseman, major stage appearances such as the Mirvish productions of Sound of Music and Calendar Girls, and The Graduate at the Segal Centre in Montreal, for which she was nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of the iconic Mrs. Robinson.

Cindy Seibel

Former CIO, Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta

Cindy’s unique combination of expertise in information technology, human resources, leadership and learning has led to a track record of high-performing teams. She was formerly CIO of the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, and has served as program director for successful multi-million dollar technology implementations. Her work in developing strategic technology plans for organizations spans the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Sabina Visser

Former General Manager for Information Technology, City of Lethbridge

Sabina has 22 years of Information Technology experience including leading community collaboration initiatives, implementing IT department culture change and restructuring to align roles with service delivery needs, development of actionable technology and information strategies. As GM, Sabina recognizes her role is develop a team that is open to change, balances being prepared for the future with the needs for today, and partners with the business to transform, enhance and sustain business operations. Sabina believes team success is based on collaboration and learning from others, which led her to take an active role in the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) She is currently the President for MISA Prairies.
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Roy Wiseman

Executive Director of MISA/ASIM Canada; former CIO, Region of Peel

Roy is a much sought-after thought leader, speaker and contributor of articles on the use of technology in government. He was the first CIO of the region of Peel, is a past president of the Institute for Citizen Centred Service, and was a municipal representative on the Public Sector CIO council. He was the first municipal recipient of the Heintzman Award for leadership in promoting citizen-centred service within the Canadian public sector and received the Peter Bennett Award for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian municipal IT community. In 2013, MISA Ontario created the Roy Wiseman Award, presented annually to an Ontario municipal employee who is recognized as a role model and mentor, demonstrating integrity and respect with peers and fostering inter-jurisdictional relationships.

Mike Levy

Director, Operations, Leaders Beyond

Mike has an extensive track record as a corporate leadership coach and consultant on personal and professional effectiveness. He is the creator of Sales Chain Analysis, a powerful diagnostic tool designed to help organizations quickly assess and prioritize their sales/marketing improvement needs. He has also developed successful customized workshops on influence and persuasion for general audiences. Mike has held senior management roles with PeopleSoft, Wang and Novell, where he was Director of North American marketing.

Joan McCalla

Distinguished Fellow, Global Public Sector Team, Cisco Systems; former Chief Strategist, Province of Ontario

Joan is with Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), which provides large, complex public sector entities around the world with ICT-enabled solutions. One of her major responsibilities with Cisco has been providing advice to the government of India on the implementation of its ambitious National eGovernance Plan. Prior to joining Cisco in 2006, she was Corporate Chief Strategist with the Province of Ontario’s information and information technology (I&IT) organization.

Matthew Peters

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Matthew heads the Technology Group practice for McCarthy Tétrault in Vancouver. He practices in the areas of financing, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, alliances and technology distribution, particularly on complex commercial transactions. He is active in both industry and community organizations and is a member of the board of New Media BC, and a member of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum Operations Committee. Matthew lectures at many programs and conferences on such topics as outsourcing, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and start-up issues.

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