Dr. Cindy Gordon

Co-Founder, Venture Coach at AcceleratorU

Cindy Gordon is a Co-Founder of AcceleratorU. She is also the Co-Founder and CEO of SalesChoice.com and Helix Commerce International Inc., a global strategic consulting firm specializing in innovation and growth leveraging “new eBusiness models.” She is the President and Co-Founder of iCrowdFund Social Media Inc. She has innovation experience from leading complex innovation & business transformation programs in companies like: Bell Canada, British Telecom, CIBC, Hewlett Packard, ING, Newbridge, Nortel Networks, Royal Bank of Canada, RIM, SAP, TD, and Xerox.  Most recently Dr. Gordon led the collaboration/Innovation/Social Change program for RIM.

Prior work experience include senior executive or practice partner roles as a Partner at XDLI, a Venture Capital Fund, Accenture, Citicorp, Nortel Networks, and Xerox. At Accenture, she was a Practice Partner Leader for the Strategy Change practice specializing in collaboration, and portals. At Xerox, Cindy was Senior Director of Innovation and Total Quality and led global Sales Force & Service Automation initiatives. She also was a GM and ran Xerox’s outsourcing business. At Citicorp, Cindy was a Vice President responsible for the investment banking and wealth management business needs supporting global capital markets and also managed the  Risk Management Function for regulatory and compliance.

Cindy is a frequent industry speaker in areas relating to Innovation and Growth, eCommerce, Collaboration Innovation and Change Transformation practices, with over 13 books published. Enterprise Knowledge Management & Portals, held the #1 Portal Book category in Amazon for over 12 months, and was recommended by Harvard as a must read for senior executives. Her most recent books released in 2011 include: Business goes Virtual (July 2011), Socialization of Knowledge and Innovation and Technology Management which defined the future of social Media, Web 2.0 and Virtual Worlds. Other former books written by Dr. Gordon are: Why Buy the Cow? The Future of innovation with SaaS with the founder of WebEx.Her past books Winning at Collaboration Commerce: The Next Competitive Advantage and Realizing the Promise of Enterprise Portals were best sellers.

Cindy is also an active Board Director of both for profit and not for profit boards. The University of Western Ontario has recognized her as one of the top 300 women in Canada in Innovation Leadership and Board Governance. She recently won the Governor General Queen Diamond Jubilee Award for Innovation in 2012. She is also a current or past Board Director/Advisor to early stage Web 2.0 and SaaS companies including: Bubble Labs (recently sold to Kaboose), Cquay, Corent Technologies, Eloqua (Sold to Oracle), GotMarketing, Medworxx, Novator Systems, Pinpoint Selling, Talcura, True Context, QuickPlay Media, and View 22. Not for profit board experience includes: National Chair and Board Director of CATA, Vice Chair, iCANADA, Chair, Invest CrowdFund Canada, Founder & Past Chair, Can WIT,  Former Director roles with: Canadian Stage Theatre, United Way, and Co-Founder of The CEO Fusion Center, an organization targeted at Commercializing Innovation Best Practices. 

Cindy co-founded the Toronto Maple Leaf Angels and hold a doctorate in Business and Technology, specializing in Business Innovation, eCommerce and Next Generation Knowledge Intensive Business Models, from the University of Toronto as well as a Masters of Business and Information Technology from the University of Alberta and undergrad degrees in English and Education.