Professional Faculty

The Leaders Beyond™ faculty of mentors come from all aspects of business and the public sector.

Cindy Seibel

Program Director, Leaders Beyond; former CIO, Energy Resources and Conservation Board, Alberta

Cindy is an award-winning CIO whose experience spans the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Her unique combination of expertise in information technology, human resources, leadership and learning has led to a track record of high-performing multi-disciplinary teams. She has served as program director for successful multi-million dollar technology implementations. Her work in developing strategic technology plans for organizations has been led both as a CIO and an external consultant. Cindy is a lifelong learner who loves to share her passion for leadership and technology in the 21st century.

Edmond Mellina

President, ORCHANGO; former CIO, Delta Hotels

Edmond is internationally respected for his expertise in nimble change leadership and culture change. For the past 30 years, he has been executing strategic transformations and building agile capabilities across sectors in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He is a former corporate transformation executive in drastically changing sectors: CIO at Delta Hotels when Expedia disrupted the hotel business; and VP Corporate Development & General Manager USA for the technology business of Envoy Communication Group when design and marketing agencies started to become digital. Edmond gets powerful messages across with his highly dynamic speaking style and engaging stories.

Dr. Gerald Patnode

Principal and CEO, G.R. Patnode Company

Gerry is a highly imaginative and innovative change agent senior executive and educator with strong street-smart skills gained through progressive experiences in higher education, enterprise creation, new business development and executive management positions. He was previously the Chair of the Graham School of Business at the York College of Pennsylvania. Gerry has authored numerous research papers and books, and consults internationally with companies in the fields of market and economic research. He regularly gives back to the community by serving on various boards and commissions.

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

Professor of Strategy & Cybersecurity, former Founding Dean of the Graham School of Business, York College Pennsylvania; Managing Partner, e-Venture Consulting, Inc.; CEO and Founder, cyberconIQ Inc.

James is the Founder and CEO of cyberconIQ, a firm committed to changing the global cybersecurity conversation from fear to hope. Internationally known, his areas of research interest delve into the intersection of society and technology and the clash this can create. The author of six books and multiple journal articles, James is a sought-after expert, frequent media commentator and national newspaper op-ed guest writer. He conducts, presents and publishes industry-related research and consults globally to prominent companies concerning cybersecurity, information privacy and security, and economic crime detection and prevention methods.

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.  

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 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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