Don Tapscott is one of the world's leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology. He is CEO of The Tapscott Group, Chairman of the think tank Moxie Insight, and was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before it’s acquisition by Moxie Software. He is also Vice Chair of Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations, a new company building a portfolio of companies in the collaboration and social media space. Don is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a Martin Prosperity Institute Fellow.
Don has given more than 400 keynote speeches and presentations over the past five years. His clients include top executives of many of the world's largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. The Washington Technology Report called him the most influential media authority since Marshall McLuhan. In 2011, Don was re-named to the Thinkers50 Definitive List of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World, earning the 9th spot on the list. He was also a runner up as the World’s Leading Thinker on Globalization.
In 2012, Don opened TEDGlobal in Edinburgh and his talk, “4 Principles for the Open World” has since been viewed by more than 300,000 people. Don has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books about information technology in business and society. His most recent book, Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (Revised Paperback, 2012), co-authored by Anthony D. Williams, was originally released in September 2010 to tremendous acclaim from business executives and the media. Macrowikinomics is the follow-up to Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006), also coauthored by Anthony D. Williams. Wikinomics was an international bestseller, #1 on the 2007 management book charts, and on The New York Times and Businessweek bestseller lists. Translated into 20 languages, Wikinomics was a finalist for the prestigious Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by a number of publications, including The Economist.
Don’s other well-known books include: Paradigm Shift (1992); The Digital Economy (1996); Growing Up Digital (1998); Digital Capital (2000); The Naked Corporation (2003); and Grown Up Digital (2008).
As an entrepreneur Don has established a number of successful companies and has served on several boards, most recently Celestica where he was a member of the finance, compensation and corporate governance committees for over a dozen years. His two decade old research on transparency has led him to be deeply engaged in the issues of corporate governance.
Currently, Don’s deep interest New Platforms for Global Cooperation, Governance and Problem Solving have led to the launch of the definitive investigation on the topic, being conducted in collaboration with the Martin Prosperity Institute and other leading world thinkers.
Don is a frequent writer for the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Business 2.0, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Guardian and BusinessWeek, and has been interviewed and quoted widely in the broadcast media including CNN, CNBC, NBC, CBS, NPR, Fox News and the BBC.
Don holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, an M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology, and three Doctor of Laws (Hon) granted from the University of Alberta in 2001, Trent University in 2006 and McMaster University in 2010. He is involved extensively in the transformation of education, working with universities, school boards and Educational Secretaries and Ministers around the world. He also works with government leaders around the world to reinvent government for the digital era and strengthen democratic institutions. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, and has served on several of the Forum’s Global Agenda Councils.
Deeply committed to the issue of mental health, Mr. Tapscott is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Chair of the Centered on Hope Campaign for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is a founding member and a member of the committee of Advisors of the Business & Economic Roundtable on Addiction & Mental Health. He and his wife, Ana P. Lopes, are the benefactors of the Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies at the University of Toronto.