Don Tapscott is not just a Canadian business executive but also an author, consultant and speaker who specialize in business strategy and organizational transformation. He spreads awareness about blockchain and how to use it.

Let us discuss 15 Things you probably did not know about this great mind.


Don was born in Toronto, he live in Orillia, Ontario as a teen.

He is married to Ana Paula Lopes who is a social innovator and entrepreneur. They have two kids Alex Tapscott and Nicole Tapscott.

Alex’s work is revolved around the field of blockchain technology.

2.Alma mater

Dan is alma mater of University of Alberta, from where he did his B.Sc in psychology and statistics and also M.Ed specializing in research methodology.

During his time there, he ran for mayor of Edmonton in the 1977 municipal election on behalf of the Revolutionary Workers’ League.

3.Role of Chancellor

Dan is also the former Chancellor of Trent University in Ontario. He remained a Chancellor for two terms.


Sixteen books on the application of technology in business and society have been authored or co-authored by Dan. His book “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” (2006) has been translated in 25 languages, was an international bestseller and was number one on the 2007 management book charts.

5.Adjunct Professor

Dan is currently an Adjunct Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD. It is a graduate business school. It also brings blockchain to business education.

He is also the member of the World Economic Forum.

 6.Honorary degrees

Don holds three honorary degrees- Doctor of Laws was granted by:

  • The University of Alberta in 2001.
  • Trent University in 2006, and
  • McMaster University in 2010.

 7.Don’s guide to transformations for a prosperous world

  • Protecting rights through immutable records.
  • Creating a true sharing economy
  • Ending the remittance rip-off.
  • Enabling citizens to own and monetize their data
  • Ensuring compensation for the creators of value



Dan has been a frequent speaker at TED.Com, where he has talked about blockchain explaining people it’s working and importance.

He also attended a summit with his son Alex in which they both spoke on blockchain related issues.

In 2012, Dan opened TED Global in Edinburgh, where his talk, Four Principles for the Open World, was viewed online at more than 800,000 people.

9.His book received award and was nominated

Dan’s book Macrowikinomic: New Solutions for a Connected Planet was honored at the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards and was nominated in 2010 in Financial Times Best Book nominations.

10.Tapscott group

Don is the CEO of Tapscott group. The Tapscott Group is centered on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology. Don its CEO advises business and government leaders around the world.

11.Thinkers 50

  • Don is ranked the 2nd most influential Management Thinker in the world and
  • He is the winner of the top Digital Thinker in the world by Thinkers 50.
  • He was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015.

 12.Roles undertaken

  • Don was the founder and chairman of the international think tank New Paradigm before it was acquired.
  • He is the vice chair of Spencer Trask Collaborative Innovations.


13.Cross-industry groups

Since 2017, Dan has become involved in cross-industry groups looking to put forward solutions to political issues in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. 

Dan was co-author with his son of the book on blockchain: “Blockchain Revolution: How the technology behind Bitcoin is changing Money, Business, and the World.”

14.Net Worth

In 2019 Don’s net worth grew significantly. His estimated net worth in 2019 is $1Million-$10 Million.

15.Blockchain Research Institute

Don along with his son is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute. BRI is an independent, global think-tank which brings together the world’s top global researchers to undertake ground-breaking research on blockchain technology.