Speakers and Chairs Bios

Platzhalter Speakers
Don Tapscott

CEO, The Tapscott Group Inc.;
Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto;
Chancellor, Trent University;
Founder and Executive Chairman of the Global Solution Networks Program


Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored over 15 books including "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" which has been translated into over 25 languages.

Don has been advancing ground-breaking concepts for over 3 decades. His 1992 bestseller Paradigm Shift helped coin the seminal management concept, and in 1995 his book The Digital Economy changed business thinking about the transformational nature of the Internet. Two years later he helped popularize the terms “Net Generation” and “the Digital Divide” in Growing Up Digital. His most recent book is the 20th Anniversary Edition of The Digital Economy.

Don’s most recent and ambitious book was co-authored with his son, startup CEO and bitcoin governance expert Alex Tapscott. "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Underlying Bitcoin is Changing Business, Money and the World" was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption” and, “likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.”

In 2015, Don became a member of the Order of Canada, and was ranked the 4th most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management, an Associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario.
In 2017 Don and Alex fo-counded the Blockchain Research Institute who’s 40 projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations.

It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in explaining today’s technological revolutions and their impact on the world.