Gordon Vala-Webb

CEO at Building Smarter Organizations

  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Change management
  • Office Productivity

Expert Credentials

I wrote the book on "Building Smarter Organizations" which is a "how to" guide to leading your zombie organization back to life. It based on my decades of experience leading large / complex public- and private-sector organizations to increase the flows of information, ideas and - most importantly - decisions. Some of the topics I cover include: - Innovation: Why so many paths to "No" but so few to "Yes"? - Knowledge is not power: Collaboration and connecting for decisions is - Leadership in a volatile and digital world - Visual management: You can't collaborate or manage something you can't see - How the (white) "boys club" destroys value in your company everyday


Most of my time (since 2017) is spent as Senior Advisor, Technology and Innovation with Lex Mundi - a global network of law firms. In 2017 my book Building Smarter Organizations: How to lead your zombie organization back to life was published. I have contributed various chapters to different books. Previously I created and ran various innovation, collaboration, and knowledge management programs both in private sector (PwC Canada / Global and McMillan LLP) and public sector (WSIB Ontario). Awards that my teams have won include: Organizational Transformation Award (Showcase); New Way to Business (best in show - Jive); Top Ten Government Intranet (NNG)

Available For

  • Summit Speaker
  • Podcast Guests
  • Training