Blockchain Research Institute: Fall 2017 Project Release List

After months of hard work, research and planning we are thrilled to finally announce the official list of projects set for release in fall of 2017. 1. Industry Analyses Blockchain and Financial Services Projects Peer to Peer Finance: Distributed and Collaborative...
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Alex Tapscott Launches $20 Million Digital Asset Investment Firm – NextBlock Global

Alex Tapscott, the co-author of the book "Blockchain Revolution," and Co-Executive Director of the Blockchain Research Institute just launched a new digital asset investment firm backed by $20 million in financing. Called NextBlock Global, the new firm will focus on...
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World Economic Forum & BRI Publish Blockchain Governance Report

A new report suggests a framework for international collaboration should be built around the technology. Download the Full Report HERE The World Economic Forum (WEF)—the international nonprofit published a 46-page report last week about the "stewardship of blockchain...
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Canadian Government Agencies Join Tapscott-Led Blockchain Research Effort

The government of Canada, along with several provincial and municipal administrations, has joined a prominent blockchain research effort. Announced today, the Blockchain Research Institute, founded in March by “Blockchain Revolution” authors Don and Alex Tapscott,...
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Animal Ventures Partners with Don and Alex Tapscott in New Research Vertical

VIA- Tom Serres' Medium Post During the dawn of the Internet in the early 1990s, everyone watched on as the world began to adopt this brand new technology on a large scale. We believe that the Internet is once again at the beginning of a new age, specifically when it...
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Record Breaking Turn Out For The Biggest Blockchain Meetup In Canadian History

On Monday May 8 2017 Fintech Canada hosted the biggest blockchain event in Canadian history at the MaRS Discovery District.  Over 1200 people attended with many being turned away at the door because of capacity restrictions at the venue. Our very own Alex Tapscott...
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Alex Tapscott Attends First IMF’s First ‘High Level’ Meeting on Blockchain

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the first-ever meeting of its High Level Advisory Group on FinTech today, a group that features a significant contingent of senior-level blockchain executives. In total, 14 participants attended a panel leading up to a...
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Toronto-based blockchain institute launched!

A multi-million-dollar Toronto-based research initiative, the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), was launched on Thursday to study the emerging technology. Blockchain is a peer-to-peer transfer system that eliminates the need for middlemen by trusting the power of...
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How The Blockchain is Changing Money and Business

What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less...
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News From Our Members

IBM Unveils Blockchain Supply Chain Trial

A major port operator in Singapore has inked a deal to work with IBM and a regional shipping firm to test a new blockchain-based supply chain network. Announcing the news, PSA International, which operates ports in Asia, South America and Europe, said today that it...
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Ten Law Firms Join the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

No, code isn't law, but if the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance's new members have anything to say about it, that might someday change. Today, the alliance announced that ten law firms and four legal institutions that specialize in blockchain technology have joined the...
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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Should You Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve?

Blockchain Research Institute faculty member, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, deconstructs the question of whether and when to start investing in blockchain technology by reviewing the leadership lessons learned in the early days of the Internet. -------------- Should Your...
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Fujitsu To ‘Commercialize’ Hyperledger Fabric Software By Next Year

The research arm of Japanese IT firm Fujitsu has unveiled new technology it developed for the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain project as part of a plan to commercialize the software by next spring. Billed as a means to speed up the rate of transactions for...
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Nuco Builds Tokenized Blockchain ‘Bridge’ for Enterprise Applications

Nuco, a startup founded by a group of former Deloitte employees, has released a new white paper detailing its latest blockchain initiative. Dubbed Aion, the proposed technology aims to connect different blockchains, including private networks operated by enterprises....
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SAP’s chief strategy officer: “Blockchain is not a zero-sum game”

Blockchain is not a zero-sum game and its implementation across various sectors is going to be an overall positive for businesses, German software company SAP's chief strategy officer said Wednesday. Deepak Krishnamurthy spoke to CNBC on the sidelines of the World...
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Identity Start Up “Civic” sells $33 million in digital currency tokens in public sale

U.S. startup Civic has sold $33 million in digital currency tokens for its identity verification project in a public sale, the company's co-founder and Chief Executive Vinny Lingham told Reuters. The sale is the latest so-called initial coin offering (ICO), in which...
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AIG teams with IBM to use blockchain for ‘smart’ insurance policy

By Suzanne Barlyn Insurer American International Group Inc has partnered with International Business Machines Corp to develop a "smart" insurance policy that uses blockchain to manage complex international coverage, the companies said on Wednesday. AIG and IBM...
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Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network

By Anna Irrera | NEW YORK Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official...
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Thomson Reuters to Power Blockchain Contracts with Experimental Service

Media giant Thomson Reuters is opening up its data to smart contract authors building on private versions of the ethereum blockchain and R3's Corda distributed ledger platform. Released in beta today, a 'smart oracle' called BlockOne IQ (B1IQ) is designed to...
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Nuco Launches Blockchain Beta for TMX Group Natural Gas Exchange

When the gas goes out in your apartment, chances are someone will pay – the various members of the supply chain that move the gas from the earth to your home can face serious penalties if you're unable to stay warm or cook your food. Yet, until now, identifying just...
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Tom Serres

Co-founder, Animal Ventures

Former Principal at Boston Consulting Group. Seasoned entrepreneur, public speaker, and technology executive

Bettina Warburg

Co-founder, Animal Ventures

Blockchain researcher 
entrepreneur and educator

Oliver Bussmann

Global Fin-Tech Executive

President- Crypto Valley Association

Former Group CIO & Group Managing Director, UBS

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor, Blockchain Research at MIT Media Lab

Former, Senior Columnist at The Wall Street Journal

Nolan Bauerle

Researcher, Writer and Author – Coindesk

Blockchain expert & Policy Advisor in the Senate of Canada.

Primavera de Filippi

Blockchain Researcher, Berkman Center for Internet & Society – Harvard Unviersity

Blockchain researcher at Harvard. Founder at – Decentralization Advocate.

Permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris.

Tony Scott

Former CIO – United States Federal Government

Former CIO – VMware

Former CIO -Microsoft

Reshma Kamath

  • Juris Doctor, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Andreas Park

  • Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto;
  • FinTech Researcher

Soumak Chatterjee

  • Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada

Chami Akmeemana

Director at ConsenSys,

Founder, Blockchain Association of Australia

Advisory Board Member Humaniq

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

  • MIT Lecturer,
  • NYT Columnist,
  • Technology and Blockchain Industry Advisor

Rachel Robinson

  • Juris Doctor, MPA, blockchain & smart contracts author.

Tom Baumann

  • Co-founder Collaborase and Xpansiv

BIl Gillies

  • Author and Communications Consultant

Michael Scott

  • Blockchain Technology & Digital Economy Writer

Dominique Guinard

  • IoT author
  • CTO and co-founder of EVRYTHNG and

Iliana Oris-Valiente

  • Founder, Collider-X,
  • Fmr. Co-Founder at Rubix by Deloitte

Bob Tapscott

  • Strategy Consultant and CIO of Tapscott Group

Pindar Wong

  • Internet Pioneer (Hong Kong)
  • Chairman of VeriFi

Thomas A. Gardner

  • CTO, HP Federal
  • Fmr CTO, Jacobs

Lawrence Orsini

  • Founder, LO3 Energy

Chloe Desmont

  • Head of Sales & Marketing for MKS (Switzerland) AG

Thomas Isaacson

  • Shareholder Polsinelli, PC

Alan Wunsche

  • CEO of TokenFunder Inc.
  • Co-founder, Blockchain Canada

Andrew Spence

  • HR & Workforce Advisor, Founder, Glass Bead Consulting

Michele Mosca

  • Founder, Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Co-founder and CEO, evolutionQ Inc.

Vineet Narula

  • MIT Sloan Fellow – Operations Strategy,
  • Former Director of United Health Group

Prema Shrikrishna

  • MIT Research Assistant, Sustainability Champion, Blockchains & Supply Chain

Usman Sheikh

  • Partner & National Litigation Lead, Gowling WLG

Jeremy Epstein

  • CEO of Never Stop Marketing
  • Fmr VP Marketing, Sprinklr

Jeremy Epstein

  • CEO of Never Stop Marketing
  • Fmr VP Marketing, Sprinklr

Nolan Bauerle

  • Researcher, Writer and Author at Coindesk

Oliver Bussmann

  • Former CIO, UBS
  • President, Crypto Valley Association

Tony Scott

  • Former Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States

Bettina Warburg

  • Co-founder Animal Ventures
  • Host, Tech on Politics

Primavera De Dilippi

  • Harvard Blockchain researcher
  • Founder at
  • TED Speaker
  • Founding Member Coala Lex

Michael Casey

  • Author, “The Age of Cryptocurrency”
  • Former Senior Columnist, Wall Street Journal

Tom Serres

  • Co-founder Animal Ventures
  • Host, Tech on Politics


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Webinar #3: "The Scaling Debate: Bitcoin & Ethereum"



















Industry Analyses Blockchain and Financial Services Projects

  1. Will Savings and Payments Become a Free Utility? What’s a Commercial and Retail Bank to do?
  2. The ICO Revolution: The Reinvention of Investment Banking?
  3. The Blockchain Actuary: New Models of Insurance for the Second Era of the Internet
  4. Triple Entry Bookkeeping and the Reinvention of the Audit Firm
  5. Smart Contracts in Financial Services
  6. Tokenization in Financial Services
  7. Distributed and Collaborative Marketplaces: Blockchain and the Peer-to-Peer Financial Markets
  8. Private vs. Public Blockchains in Financial Services – Opportunities and Implementation Challenges

  Blockchain Transformations by Industry

  1. Retail in the Blockchain Era
  2. Distributed Power and Distributed Ledgers
  3. Blockchain: The Emerging Platform for Manufacturing 4.0
  4. Media and Content on the Blockchain
  5. The Technology Industry and the Second Era of the Internet
  6. Reinventing Healthcare on the Blockchain
  7. Reinventing Government: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (thank you, Blockchain)
  8. Blockchain and the Second Era of Democracy
  9. What’s a Central Bank to do in a Decentralized Economy?
  10. Blockchain: What Regulators Should and Should Not Do
  11. Blockchain, Student Identities, and the Next Era of Higher Education
  12. Transportation and Autonomous Vehicles on the Blockchain
Blockchain and Management

  1. Blockchain and the CLO: Asset Chains – the Future of Supply Chain Management
  2. Blockchain and the CFO: Triple Entry Accounting and Corporate Finances
  3. Blockchain and the CMO: The Next Era of Sales and Marketing
  4. Blockchain and the CIO: Blockchain and Enterprise Technology Architecture
  5. Blockchain and the CHRO: Managing Talent in a Distributed Economy

Blockchain Breakthrough Ideas

  1. The Ledger of Everything: Blockchain and the IoT
  2. Winning Strategies for Smart Contracts
  3. Rethinking Identity for the Blockchain World
  4. Patenting The Blockchain: Opportunities, Limitations and Pitfalls (includes the “Blockchain Patent Inventory”)
  5. IP and Rights Management in the Blockchain Era
  6. Strategies for a Secret/Open World: Managing Blockchain Transparency
  7. Big Data in a Blockchain-Powered World
  8. The Token Economy: Rethinking Assets for the Blockchain Era
  9. Blockchain, Climate Change and Planet Stewardship
  10. The Innovator’s Dilemma is Dead: Implementing The Second Era of the Internet
  11. Building Quantum Resistant Blockchains
Lighthouse Case Studies

  1. Belt and Road: Trade Finance Along the Hong Kong-Rotterdam Route
  2. Moog: Mass Customization of Precision Parts on the Blockchain
  3. Foxconn: Can Blockchains Handle the World’s Most Complicated Supply Chain?
  4. Walmart: Food Safety on the Blockchain
  5. CarbonX: A Personal Carbon Trading Platform
  6. Incent: Managing Loyalty Points on the Blockchain
  7. The Akasha Project: A new social media platform for the Blockchain Era
  8. SingularDTV: Content Creation and Distribution on the Blockchain
  9. Property and Land Titles: Transforming Land Registry on the Blockchain
  10. Interaction between Blockchain, AI, and IoT
  11. Medical Research and Big Pharma
  12. Social Scalability and Public Blockchain Adoption
  13. IOTA Foundation, IoTWF
  14. Expedited Business Startups Using Blockchain
  15. Extractive Industries Reporting
  16. Automotive Sector Software Updates
  17. Life Sciences Data Records and Management


Your BRI Contact

Genia Mikhalchenko
Member Services Executive