Don Tapscott

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Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott BW.jpg
Born (1947-06-01) June 1, 1947 (age 68)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation CEO, Tapscott Group
Chairman and Founder, Global Solution Networks
Spouse(s) Ana Lopes
Children 2

Don Tapscott (born June 1, 1947) is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker, specializing in business strategy, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. He is CEO of The Tapscott Group, and was founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before its acquisition.[1] He is Vice Chair of Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations, a new company building a portfolio of companies in the collaboration and social media space.[2] In World Business Forum 2013, Tapscott stated that today the Internet provides access to real-time global intelligence and described the four strategies that rules today's leadership: the technological revolution, the Net Generation, and the economic and social revolution.

In 2012, Tapscott opened TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, where his talk, 4 Principles for the Open World, was viewed by more than 500,000 people online.[3] Tapscott has authored or co-authored fifteen books on the application of technology in business and society. His most recent, Macrowikinomic: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (revised paperback, 2012), co-authored by Anthony D. Williams, was originally released in September 2010.[4] Macrowikinomics has been recognized by the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, and 2010 Financial Times Best Book nominations.[5] His 2006 book, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything (2006), co-authored by Anthony D. Williams, was an international bestseller, was number 1 on the 2007 management book charts, and was translated into 20 languages.

Tapscott lives in Toronto. He has been appointed the Chancellor of his alma mater, Trent University. Tapscott is also Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a member of the World Economic Forum,[6] an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.[7]

Tapscott holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, and an M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology. He also holds three honorary Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), granted by the University of Alberta in 2001, Trent University in 2006, and McMaster University in 2010.[8] While earning his Master's of Education at the University of Alberta, he ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 1977 municipal election as the candidate of the Revolutionary Workers League/Ligue Ouvrière Révolutionnaire, a Trotskyist party.[9][10] Tapscott’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).[11]

Tapscott was born in Toronto, Ontario a lived as a teen in Orillia, Ontario[12] where he was in the first graduating class of Park Street Collegiate Institute.[13]

He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015.[14]


  • Don Tapscott, Del Henderson, Morley Greenberg, Planning for Integrated Office Systems: A Strategic Approach, Carswell Legal Pubns, 1984. ISBN 0-87094-653-6.
  • Don Tapscott, Del Henderson, Morley Greenberg, Office Automation: A User-Driven Method, Springer, 1985. ISBN 0-306-41973-4.
  • Don Tapscott, Art Caston, Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology, McGraw-Hill Companies, 1992. ISBN 0-07-062857-2.
  • Don Tapscott, Ann Cavoukian, Who Knows: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World, McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN 0-07-063320-7.
  • Don Tapscott, The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril In The Age of Networked Intelligence, McGraw-Hill, 1997. ISBN 0-07-063342-8.
  • Don Tapscott, Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation, McGraw-Hill, 1999. ISBN 978-0-07-134798-3.
  • Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, Alex Lowy, Blueprint to the Digital Economy: Creating Wealth in the Era of E-Business, McGraw-Hill, 1999. ISBN 0-07-135213-9.
  • Don Tapscott, Creating Value in the Network Economy, Harvard Business Press, 1999. ISBN 0-87584-911-3.
  • Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, Alex Lowy, Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs, Harvard Business Press, 2000. ISBN 978-1-57851-193-8.
  • Don Tapscott, David Ticoll, The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business, Free Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-4650-0.
  • Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams, Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Portfolio Trade, 2006. ISBN 1-59184-367-7.
  • Don Tapscott, Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, McGraw-Hill, 2008. ISBN 0-07-150863-5.
  • Don Tapscott, The Net Generation Takes The Lead; in: Willms Buhse/Ulrike Reinhard: Wenn Anzugträger auf Kapuzenpullis treffen (When Suits meet Hoodies), whois-Verlag 2009. ISBN 978-3-934013-98-8.
  • Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams, Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World, Portfolio Hardcover, 2010. ISBN 978-1-59184-356-6.
  • Don Tapscott, "The Digital Economy Anniversary Edition: Rethinking Promise and Peril In the Age of Networked Intelligence", McGraw-Hill, 2014. ISBN 0-07-183555-5.


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "People". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
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  8. ^ "News & Events – University of Alberta". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  9. ^ Edmonton Journal, October 20, 1977
  10. ^, Trent Magazine, Fall 2001
  11. ^ "Books". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Orillia Hall of Fame" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Orillia Packet". 
  14. ^ "Four Nova Scotians among Order of Canada honourees". The Chronicle-Herald, July 1, 2015.

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Preceded by
Tom Jackson
Chancellor of Trent University
Succeeded by