Don Tapscott
Executive Chairman

the Blockchain

Blockchain isn’t just another technology. Blockchain is the foundation for the second era of the internet – an internet of value, where anything of value, including money, our identities, cultural assets like music, and even a vote can be stored, managed, transacted, and moved in a secure, private way. Blockchain is poised to transform every industry and managerial function —redefining the way we make transactions, share ideas, and manage workflow.

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is an independent, global think-tank, co-founded by Don and Alex Tapscott. We bring together the world’s top global researchers to undertake ground-breaking research on blockchain technology. Funded by a membership consisting of international corporations and government agencies, our multi-million-dollar research program features 80+ projects documenting the strategic implications of blockchain on business, government and society. From market opportunities to best practices and implementation challenges, we’re dedicated to inspire and prepare private- and public-sector leaders to be the catalysts of the blockchain transformation.


Discover the BRI’s ground-breaking research on key industry sectors and management functions that use or are affected by blockchain technology.

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Blockchain Research Institute

All-Member Summit

A brief recap of the Blockchain Research Institutes 2nd All-Member Summit, held June 2018 in New York City.



Our ground-breaking multi-million-dollar research program is funded by our members, which include leading corporations and governmental agencies around the world. We’re proud to have partners that are committed to driving innovation and entrepreneurship in the blockchain space.

TMX (Testimonial)

“TMX Group is proud to be a founding member of the Blockchain Research Institute program and to join other industry leaders in seeking out progressive, collaborative ways to deploy new technologies. We look to BRI as a powerful, inclusive enabler as we work to build our in-house expertise, increase our efficacy in serving our clients and elevate TMX’s role in modern capital markets.”

John Lee

Vice-President, Innovation and Enterprise Delivery, TMX

Gowling WLG Canada (Testimonial)

“Gowling WLG is honoured to be the first international law firm to support BRI’s landmark initiative and be among an innovative group of partners who are investigating the strategic application of blockchain technology. With this commitment to blockchain research and implementation, our message is simple: we’re with our clients, step by step, as they explore distributed ledger technology. We look forward to providing the advanced legal guidance clients will need as they navigate this largely uncharted territory and uncover new and more effective ways to do business.”

Peter Lukasiewicz

CEO, Gowling WLG Canada

Accenture (Testimonial)

“Accenture and The Tapscott Group have a long history of successful collaboration. Being a founding member of the BRI underscores Accenture’s commitment to making blockchain real for clients, and we are pleased to be part of this important initiative.”

Simon Whitehouse

Senior Managing Director, Global Blockchain Technologies Lead at Accenture

Canada (Testimonial)

“Blockchain is a great example of an emerging technology that Canadians are playing a lead role in developing. This research partnership with the Blockchain Research Institute will give Canada a globally competitive advantage in the development of this transformative technology.”

Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development, Government of Canada

SAP Chief Innovation Officer (Testimonial)

“We believe blockchain is a transformative technology for businesses. The Blockchain Research Institute with its brilliant team will deepen and enrich the knowledge about blockchain. We highly appreciate and fully support this effort and will contribute our deep expertise in business processes as the global leader in enterprise software.”

Juergen Mueller

SAP Chief Innovation Officer

Toronto (Testimonial)

“This landmark partnership reinforces Toronto and Canada’s rising status as a platform for innovation and new technologies in North America. The City of Toronto is pleased to participate in this program as it clearly and definitively demonstrates Toronto’s leadership in global commerce – which will help strengthen our region’s overall economy and further extend our reach globally.”

Rob Meikle

Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto


“Blockchain has the potential to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges — from streamlining trade, to establishing trust in transactions, to tracing provenance for food safety. By working with top experts from around the world, we’ll be able to take full advantage of blockchain’s inherent strengths — an openly-governed, collaborative approach – to make global business more efficient and transparent for consumers.”

Ross Mauri

General Manager, z Systems, IBM

Ontario (Testimonial)

“Blockchain technology has the potential to help Ontario build an innovation powerhouse and create economic opportunity. The new Institute, based in Ontario, will bring together the leading thinkers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the blockchain space – and we’re proud and enthusiastic to support it.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance, Province of Ontario