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Our Founders

DON TAPSCOTT is the CEO of the Tapscott Group and the bestselling author of Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and a dozen other acclaimed books about technology, business, and society. He is currently listed as the fourth most influential management thinker in the world, according to Thinkers 50. He is an adjunct professor at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Chancellor of Trent University.
ALEX TAPSCOTT is the CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building blockchain companies. In 2014 he wrote the seminal report on governing digital currencies for the Global Solutions Network program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to founding Northwest Passage Ventures, he worked for seven years in investment banking in New York and Toronto. Alex is a graduate of Amherst College, and a CFA Charter holder.

Press Releases

BRI Welcomes Over Ten New Industry Leaders to Its Membership

Toronto, CANADA; September 4th, 2018 - The Blockchain Research Institute today welcomed over ten new members, bringing the total membership to nearly 70 leaders in enterprise, government and blockchain technology. New members include Cisco, ExxonMobil,...

Blockchain Research Institute Shares Recommendations for Blockchain and Cryptoasset Regulation

Toronto, CANADA; August 8, 2018 – The Blockchain Research Institute has released a report highlighting a number of key steps forward for blockchain and cryptoasset regulation in Canada. The report is based on a May 2018 roundtable on blockchain regulation, hosted by the BRI, in which nearly 70 leaders met in Toronto to discuss regulatory challenges and opportunities for improvement.

New Blockchain Research Institute Members Include Global Leaders in Banking, Tech

Toronto, CANADA; April 24, 2018 - The Blockchain Research Institute today welcomed nearly a dozen new members, including Salesforce, Raiffeisen Bank International, and BPC Banking Technologies. Funded by leading companies and governments, the Blockchain Research...

Brightline Initiative Becomes Newest Member of the Blockchain Research Institute

Toronto, CANADA; February 1, 2018 - The Blockchain Research Institute today announced the Brightline Initiative has joined as its newest member. Brightline will now become one of over 40 industry leaders to join the institute, which is conducting the definitive...

Blockchain Research Institute Announces Partnership with Tectonic Advisory Services Inc.

Blockchain Research Institute Announces Partnership with Tectonic Advisory Services Inc. Alliance will bring blockchain research insights and knowledge to the healthcare industry Toronto, CANADA; January  17, 2018–  The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) today...

First Major Canadian Banks Join The Blockchain Research Institute

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) today announced two leaders in the Canadian financial sector as its newest members.

Toronto-Dominion (“TD”) Bank and CIBC, two of Canada’s “Big Five” banks, have joined the BRI with 30 other major companies to support the BRI’s exploration of the strategic issues regarding this new technology.

Blockchain Research Institute Announces 16 New Members

The Blockchain Research Institute announced today that 16 new organizations have joined as Founding Members. Funded by companies and governments worldwide, Blockchain Research Institute is a multi-million dollar Toronto-based research initiative that is undertaking the definitive investigation of blockchain strategy, opportunities, and implementation challenges over the next year.

Blockchain Research Institutes Releases First Round of Research Projects

After months of in-depth investigation and preparation, the Blockchain Research Institute is proud to unveil the first round of complete research projects to its members: 1. The Token Economy: When Money Becomes Programmable Authored by Michael J. Casey, co-author of...

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...

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...

Media Coverage

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network

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 documents. The companies unveiled...

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...