Board of Advisors

For us, successful outcomes are achieved by utilizing the best resources available when delivering our engagements .  To ensure this is accomplished, we have developed a Board of Advisors consisting of a group of seasoned business leaders.  These individuals are available to us, in order to assist with your engagements, should their specific expertise be required.

John MacDonald

John has run some of Canada’s largest technology organizations. John is former President, Enterprise Solutions of MTS Allstream Inc. In this role, he was responsible for driving the efforts of the company in the enterprise and mid-sized business telecommunications markets across Canada.
John has a proven track record of successfully leading telecommunications companies. Before joining Allstream in 2002 as President and Chief Operating Officer, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Leitch Technology Corp., a leading provider of high technology products and solutions to the global broadcasting industry. From 1994 to 1999, he held a number of senior positions at Bell Canada, serving first as Executive Vice-President Business Development and Chief Technology Officer, before becoming President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998. John began his career in 1977 at NBTel, the major supplier of telecommunications services in New Brunswick, where he rose to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.
John holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Richard Zakaib

Owner at CSR Cosmetic Solutions Inc.
Richard is a seasoned senior executive with over 25 years experience building profitable manufacturing organizations.
Prior to acquiring CSR Cosmetic solutions, Richard was Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for CCL Industries, a global specialty packaging Company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Richard has deep expertise in: Merger & Acquisition Management, International Business, Multi-Site Manufacturing Operations & Strategic Planning. Richard holds an LLB from McGill University.

John Mertl

Mobidia Inc., Vice President, World-Wide Sales
John has an 19-year track record of building successful global field organizations in the telecommunications and software industries. Prior to joining Mobidia, John co-founded The Russell Mitchell Group, a strategy consulting firm where he advised CEOs and management teams of leading technology companies on the development and implementation of growth strategies. Prior to his career in consulting, John held several senior executive management roles, including CEO, with fast-growing software and technology services companies. He spent his early career building and managing sales forces that sold technology to Fortune 500 companies and governments across North America, Europe and Asia. John is also a mentor to technology start-up CEOs at the Innovation Synergy Center in Markham, Ontario. He studied Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.

Cindy Gordon

Cindy is a seasoned senior executive with over twenty years of industry experience in communications, high tech and financial services. Cindy is currently the Founder and CEO of Helix Commerce International Inc, a company specializing in business innovation and in collaboration growth acceleration strategies that leverages disruptive innovation and next generation internet business approaches. Helix clients include Fortune 500 companies like: CIBC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Ministry of Ontario, SAP, Toronto Dominion Bank, Tridel and numerous mid and emerging companies.
Academically, Cindy holds a Doctorate in Innovation, eCommerce, and Knowledge Management from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Information and Business Management, Bachelor of Administration; and a Bachelor of Education (certified educator), from the University of Alberta.

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