Breakthrough Leadership for Transition

Breakthrough Leadership for Transition

Breakthrough Leadership for Transition


Leadership development programming for senior level executives dedicated to accelerating Canada’s transition to a low carbon, socially inclusive economy.

Are you ready to turn complexity and disruption into competitive advantage?


Canada’s transition to a circular, climate positive economy depends on courageous leaders from business, government and civil society.

New competencies and innovative models of leadership are needed to solve the world’s biggest transition issues – climate change, resource depletion, social and ecological justice, technology and artificial intelligence. The new mindset expands our focus from reducing emissions to reversal; from mitigation and adaptation to climate optimism and action.

Breakthrough Leadership shifts thinking from a climate crisis narrative to a climate positive, solutions-focused mental model of transformation, innovation and competitiveness.

You’re invited to learn with some of the world’s top transition experts at Breakthrough Leadership for Transition.

At Breakthrough Leadership for Transition, you’ll access knowledge, tools and coaching to navigate Canada’s most pressing transition issues and position your organization to help lead transition. Participants will apply both an organizational development and personal leadership lens as they explore the drivers of transition, along with opportunities to innovate and build competitiveness.

Breakthrough Leadership for Transition is an unparalleled program to equip senior-level executives from business, government, and civil society with the knowledge, tools and support to navigate Canada’s most pressing environmental, social and economic issues while positioning their organizations to build competitiveness and help steer transition.

The Breakthrough Leadership for Transition learning journey is designed around four core Breakthrough Leadership capacities:

  • Leading through uncertainty
  • Making new connections, building new relationships
  • Reframing and shifting mental models
  • Building personal resilience; staying grounded and avoiding burnout

Join us on this unique, one-year learning journey where participants work with the world’s top sustainability transition experts, teachers, and business practitioners to leverage leading practices in business, governments, civil society, and academia. The program consists of a mix of on-line and face to face learning modules, working in action learning teams with coaching support throughout the year.

The journey begins April 2020. Watch this space for more details on the introductory webinar, coming soon.

Issues, constraints, opportunities, drivers

Gain understanding of the broader landscape for sustainable, systems level transitions and global impacts. With expert teachers and speakers, explore transition from a range of diverse perspectives: science, technology, policy, market and economy, social and cultural. Establish learning teams and begin to explore the principles of Breakthrough Leadership for Transition.

Strategies and solutions

Learn how to best create the conditions for meaningful organizational level transition. Extract strategic insight and identify solutions from thoughtful facilitators, coaches, workshops and case studies. Learning teams identify opportunities for transforming sustainability challenges into competitive advantage for their organizations.


Roadmap for success

While part of the day will be dedicated to understanding the financial implications for transition, most will focus on personal leadership development and action planning. Synthesize, connect the dots and plan next steps: Create your own personal breakthrough leadership narrative that connects organizational strategy to external contexts such as climate change, technological change, political instability, and other drivers of disruption.

Featured Presenters include:

Dr. Cindy Gordon

Founder and CEO
An internationally recognized expert for innovation and thought leadership in SaaS, Collaboration, AI, and technology emergence.
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Cindy Gordon is the Founder and CEO of SalesChoice, an AI SaaS Predictive and Prescriptive Guiding Selling Company. She is an expert in SaaS, AI, business innovation, early-stage software commercialization and sales /marketing practices. She has held senior leadership and partnership roles in global B2B Enterprises, including Accenture, Xerox, Citicorp and Nortel Networks.

In addition, Cindy has also been a founder, VC, an angel and founder in emerging software companies. She is currently involved in leading technology innovation companies include: Corent Technology, CoursePeer, Kula, LyfeUp, and TouchTown TV.  Cindy is also the Founder of Helix Commerce International Inc., a strategy innovation firm which serviced global B2B clients  like: CIBC, Davis and Henderson, IBM, ING, LGS Electronics,  Microsoft, Rogers and TD.

Internationally, she is recognized for her innovation and thought leadership in: SaaS, Collaboration, AI,  technology emergence, with over 13 books in the market. She is also a 2012 recipient of the Governor’s General Award for Innovation. She is a 2017 recipient of many awards, including the: StartUp Canada National Entrepreneurship Award, CATA & E&Y Sara Kirke Award for Outstanding CEO: Innovation & Community Leadership, and most Creative CEO Award from Insights Success.  She is also a Advanced Analytics Expert at the International Institute of Advanced Analytics. She is also currently working on her 14th book on The AI SPLIT: The Perfect World, or The Perfect Storm.

With NFPs, Cindy has a very active community track record including current roles as: AI DIRECTORY, Co-Founder, and Global Chair, CATA (National Media Spokesperson for Innovation, AI, and STEM), Board Advisor, Forbes Business and Technology School, and Board Director, RSI. Past Roles include: Invest CrowdFund  Canada (ICC), National Chair, Women in Technology (CANWIT, CATA), Former Mentor, Enterprise Sales Forum, Founding Member, Toronto Maple Leaf Angels. She has also been a Former Board Director for Nightwood Theatre, The Bluma Appel St. LawrenceTheatre. She has also been active in the Canadian Cancer and Prostrate Association, and The United Way.

Cindy’s passion is the constant pursuit of sustainable innovation and making differentiated experiences to make our world an incredible place. She also loves family time, global travelling, writing, cooking international foods, scuba diving, and squash.

Megan Leslie

President & CEO
A pioneering, respected and highly effective environmental leader, former Member of Parliament, and activist.
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Megan Leslie began as head of World Wildlife Fund Canada in December of 2017 after nearly two years at the organization, first as a consultant on oceans governance, then as head of ocean conservation.

Before joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament, representing Halifax for two terms, during which she was deputy leader of the official Opposition, environment critic and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development.

In Ottawa, Megan introduced a motion and guided its unanimous passage to add plastic microbeads to the list of toxic substances under the Environmental Protection Act. She also worked across party lines to successfully expedite the passage of a bill to create Sable Island National Park Reserve.

Megan was raised in Kirkland Lake, Ont., where in high school she helped organize against toxic waste coming to her hometown, with placards reading “No, no. We won’t glow.”

After university and before entering politics, she was a community legal worker and presented at the 2005 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Montreal on the issue of energy poverty.

What you can expect at Breakthrough Leadership for Transition:

You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to help organizations succeed in a low-carbon, socially inclusive future. Leaders will strengthen their abilities to address large-scale transition issues, identify solutions, and build capacity to lead transition by:

  • Building a personal leadership narrative that connects organizational strategy to external contexts such as climate change, technological change, political instability, and other drivers of disruption.
  • Strengthening and growing as leaders able to transform the sustainability challenges Canada faces into a competitive, solutions-based advantage.
  • Experiencing impact-focused and outcomes-based learning in a setting that inspires the creative, innovative thinking necessary for achieving large-scale transition.
  • Learning from the world’s leading transition experts representing a diverse range of disciplines.

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