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First Major Canadian Banks Join The Blockchain Research Institute 

Toronto, CANADA; October 25, 2017

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 with 30 other major companies and companies support the BRI’s exploration of the the strategic issues regarding this new technology.

“It is heartening to see these important organizations supporting our efforts to make Canada the leading center for fintech,” says Executive Chairman Don Tapscott, who along with Alex Tapscott is a co-founder of the Institute. “Blockchain represents a major shift in the way all organizations do business, and the strategic implications for the financial industry are particularly pressing.”

As members, TD and CIBC will support over 70 research projects currently being conducted by the Institute’s global network of 50 experts, exploring the impact of blockchain technology on a number of key sectors – including financial services.

Other BRI members in the financial services sector include: the Bank of Canada, Deloitte Canada, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), Digital Asset, Interac/Acxsys, KPMG LLP, Nasdaq, Tencent and the TMX Group. Over the next two weeks the BRI will announce other members in this industry.

Comments from New Members:

“We’re focused on innovation that adds value to our customers and our business and there’s no denying the potential blockchain holds to transform and reinvent banking capabilities. The Blockchain Research Institute aligns with how we’ve been building our own expertise around emerging technologies – hire the right talent, build new teams and always collaborate. We’re excited to join this initiative and explore the strategic opportunities that blockchain technology presents.”

  • Todd Copeland, Senior Vice President, Digital Channels, TD

CIBC is pleased to join the Blockchain Research Institute and we applaud the think-tank’s strategic work in exploring the emerging technology.  CIBC recognizes the transformative nature of blockchain and we continue to leverage the technology in exploring new opportunities to enhance the client experience and innovate for the future. We’re excited to work alongside the Institute and its members to further catalyze Canada’s leadership in this space.” 

  • Mike Boluch, Executive Vice President, Direct Banking, Innovation & Payments, CIBC

 

About the BRI:

The Blockchain Research Institute is a Toronto-based think-tank that helps organizations to realize the new promise of the digital economy by researching the strategic implications of blockchain technology and producing practical insights that will guide its members in achieving success.

The Institute’s global team of experts is dedicated to exploring, understanding, documenting and informing leaders about blockchain strategies, market opportunities, and implementation challenges. There are over 70 research projects underway in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government; as well as how this nascent technology changes the way companies are managed. Project deliverables include an in-depth research report, an introductory video, and a summary infographic. To complement the research, the Institute offers a suite of services to members, such as a private website for the display of deliverables, monthly webinars, two all-member summits, and other proprietary activities. The Institute’s research findings, conclusions and recommendations will be released after a period of time under a creative commons license.

The Institute will be holding its first global All Members Summit in Toronto, November 8-9.

To find out more, please visit: www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org

Media Contact:

Luke Bradley
Director of Communications
luke@tapscott.com
647-228-3686

Blockchain Research Institute Announces 16 New Members

Think-tank’s founding membership grows to forty-four, with an expanded research  program of seventy projects on the strategic issues of the blockchain revolution

October, 4th 2017  Toronto, Canada

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.

“We are pleased to welcome these forward-thinking organizations to our initiative,” says Executive Chairman Don Tapscott, who along with Alex Tapscott is a co-founder of the Institute. “The rapid growth in our membership is a strong indication of the importance that companies and government agencies are placing on understanding the impact that blockchain technology will have on their business and the world.”

The Institute’s global team of over 50 experts is exploring the impact of blockchain on a number of key sectors — including financial services, manufacturing, energy and technology — and is examining how it will change the way companies are managed. Most recently, the Institute has released research projects authored by Research Director Michael Casey, entitled The Token Economy, and Faculty Member Jeremy Epstein on Blockchain and the CMO.

The new Founding Members include: Barrick Gold, Bell Canada, Capgemini Canada, Cimcorp, Deloitte Canada, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), FedEx, Fujitsu, the Institute on Governance, Interac/Acxsys, KPMG LLP, Loblaw Companies Limited, MKS Switzerland, Moog, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and Tencent.

Comments from New Members:

Barrick Gold

“Blockchain is a transformational technology that every industry and organization needs to understand. The best way we have found to understand the impact is to take part in shaping it.” – Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation

Bell Canada

“Blockchain is a powerful emerging technology that will play a role in supporting Bell’s innovation strategy while leveraging the speed and reliability of our world-class networks. We are excited to be the first Canadian communications company to join BRI to explore the opportunities this technology will provide to our customers.” – Stephen Howe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Bell Canada

Capgemini Canada

“At Capgemini we believe that collaboration is at the heart of innovation. We are delighted to partner with the Blockchain Research Institute and engage with global industry leaders to maximize the potential of this disruptive technology for our clients.” – Sanjay Tugnait, CEO Capgemini Canada.

DTCC

“Distributed ledger technology has great potential in certain areas of market infrastructure, and if we’re going to be successful in the adoption and implementation of it, we must all collaborate and share knowledge, derived from experimentation. As a member of The Blockchain Research Institute, we look forward to working across industries and firms to play a leading role in enabling DLT’s potential to be realized.” 
– Jennifer Peve, Executive Director – Business Development and FinTech Strategy, DTCC


FedEx

“It is critical that we make the most of potentially disruptive technologies like blockchain. As a member of the Blockchain Research Institute, we will be able to truly capitalize on the opportunities created by blockchain to improve the way we do business. – Robert B. Carter, Executive Vice President & CIO, FedEx Corporation

Fujitsu

“We are delighted to join the Blockchain Research Institute program as a founding member. Blockchain is one of the key emerging digital technologies. As it becomes embedded in core business process it will transform business, society as well as our everyday lives.  As a member of the program, together with experts and leaders across industries, we will be able to fully explore the potential of this disruptive technology to co-create a new future.” – Nobuhiko Sasaki, Chief Strategy Officer

Institute on Governance

“Blockchain technology is of increasing interest to citizens, businesses and policy-makers across Canada and the globe and can be a key driver of the Innovation economy in Canada. The Institute on Governance is pleased to be a member of the BRI, contributing to research and education on the role of Blockchain in strengthening governance and providing new economic opportunities to improve the lives of Canadians.” – Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Interac

“As Canada’s domestic debit network, Interac is committed to bringing new and innovative solutions to market to offer Canadians more ways to pay with their own money. Research and innovation are the pillars of our digital product development strategy, so joining the Blockchain Research Institute empowers us to stay ahead of the curve in the world of Fintech.” – Mark O’Connell, President and CEO, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation

KPMG LLP

“At KPMG, innovation is in our DNA and is a fundamental building block for our firm and our economy. That is why we are excited to be part of the Blockchain Research Institute program, a powerful initiative examining the strategic opportunities associated with this emerging technology. We’re pleased to be joining this important conversation, to understand the impact blockchain can have on business, government and society as a whole. We are proud to work on such an important program with so many leading players from across Canada.” – Greg Wiebe, Canadian Managing Partner, Tax, KPMG LLP

MOOG

“Collaboration is the rocket fuel for innovation and collaborative vehicles like the Blockchain Research Institute are the vehicles that will take us to this new “trust” economy and beyond! Moog values our relationship with the Blockchain Research Institute as we see their ground breaking discoveries as a beacon to guide companies down the path to Industry 4.0. Moog is leveraging Blockchain for Provenance in the aircraft and medical market segments as we position ourselves to be a leader in global digital supply chains.” – Jim Regenor, Business Unit Director

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care

“Blockchain technology and the research behind its applications is rapidly demonstrating great potential to address many consumer and healthcare challenges. My Ministry looks forward to sharing ideas and seeking out solutions to address these digital health opportunities and challenges as we work towards building a more patient-centred health care system in Ontario.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-term Care

Tencent

“Tencent blockchain is committed to providing enterprise-class blockchain infrastructure, industry solutions, and safe, reliable and flexible blockchain cloud services. Blockchain Research Institute provides a great platform for Tencent and other members of the institute to carry out blockchain research and discussion, which is of great significance to Tencent and the industry. We believe that the blockchain+ era is coming!”  – Ray Guo, Head of Blockchain Innovation Lab, Vice General Manager of Financial Technology of Tencent

Complete List of the Blockchain Research Institute’s Founding Members:

Technology – Accenture, Bell Canada, Capgemini Canada, Fujitsu, IBM, SAP, Tencent

Financial –  Bank of Canada, Deloitte, Digital Asset, DTCC, Interac, KPMG LLP, NASDAQ, TMX Group. An additional  tranche of global financial services companies will be announced in two weeks.                  

Global Corporations – Barrick Gold, Centrica, Cimcorp, FedEx, Gowling WLG,  Liberty Global, Loblaw Companies, MKS Switzerland, MOOG, PepsiCo, Thomson Reuters

Government Organizations – City of Toronto, Government of Canada, Institute on Governance, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Province of Ontario, University Health Network

Blockchain Pioneers: Artlery, Bloq, CarbonX, Cosmos, Evrythng, Kognitiv, Nuco, Paycase, Polkadot, Votem, Youbase, Wisekey

Blockchain Research Institute Affiliate Organizations:

COALA, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Hyperledger, Illinois Blockchain Lab


About the BRI

The Blockchain Research Institute is a Toronto-based think-tank that helps organizations to realize the new promise of the digital economy by researching the strategic implications of blockchain technology and producing practical insights that will guide its members in achieving success.

The Institute’s global team of experts is dedicated to exploring, understanding, documenting and informing leaders about blockchain strategies, market opportunities, and implementation challenges.  There are 70 research projects underway in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government; as well as how this nascent technology changes the way companies are managed.  Project deliverables include an in-depth research report, an introductory video, and a summary infographic. To complement the research, the Institute offers a suite of services to members, such as a private website for the display of deliverables, monthly webinars, two all-member summits, and other proprietary activities. The Institute’s research findings, conclusions and recommendations will be released after a period of time under a creative commons license.

To find out more, please visit: www.blockchainresearchinstitute.org

Media Contact:

Luke Bradley
Director of Communications
luke@tapscott.com
647-228-3686

Multi-Million Dollar Research Institute Launched to Explore Blockchain Use Cases, Opportunities and Challenges

The newly formed Blockchain Research Institute to conduct 30 projects across 8 industries

Thursday, March 16th, 2017, Washington, DC, at the DC Blockchain Summit – Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, co-authors of the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution are pleased to announce the formation of the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI). Based in Toronto, Canada and funded by companies and governments from several countries, the BRI will conduct the definitive exploration of blockchain use cases, opportunities and implementation challenges.  A global team of dozens of experts will explore financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government; as well as how this new technology changes the way we manage companies.

Two dozen companies and governments (listed below) are the Founding Members, and the Institute will be inviting another large coporations and govenments to join.  The Institute has also engaged with several multi-stakeholder organizations in the blockchain space, to ensure they are providing collaborative and execution-based deliverables for their members. Affiliate Organizations include HyperledgerThe Chamber of Digital CommerceCOALA.io, and the newly created Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.

Executives from some of the world’s most important companies that are funding the initiative commented:

·       Simon Whitehouse, Senior Managing Director, Global Blockchain Technologies Lead at Accenture: “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.”

·       Ross Mauri, General Manager z Systems, IBM.  “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.”

·       Juergen Mueller, SAP Chief Innovation Officer:  “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.”

·       Iain Conn, Group Chief Executive Centrica plc “We believe blockchain has far-reaching implications for our businesses and the energy industry and we’re delighted to partner with the Blockchain Research Institute to fully understand this new technology and its applications.”

·       Mike Fries, CEO Liberty Global.  Don Tapscott has a long history of figuring out the next big thing and with his son Alex literally wrote the book on blockchain. We’re to happy to be support their new initiative and look forward to great things that will help Liberty Global for this next stage of the Internet.

·       Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, Ontario “Blockchain technology has the potential to help Ontario build an innovation powerhouse, and significantly improve government services too.  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.”

The group has also engaged with several multi-stakeholder organizations in the blockchain space, to ensure they are providing collaborative and execution-based deliverables for their members. Affiliate Organizations include HyperledgerThe Chamber of Digital CommerceCOALA.io, and The newly created Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Founding Members:

Technology Industry – Accenture, IBM, SAP

Financial Industry –  Digital Asset, NASDAQ

Global Corporations – Pepsico, Centrica, Liberty Global

Government – Province of Ontario, University Health Network

Blockchain Pioneers – Nuco Inc., Paycase, Artlery, Votem, Cosmos, Youbase, Wisekey

Affiliate Organizations – The Hyperledger Project, the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Coala.io, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Contact

The Blockchain Research Institute is founded by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, co-authors of the book Blockchain Revolution.

For more information, or to subscribe to updates on this landmark program, please contact:

Jenna Pilgrim, Director of Communications

The Blockchain Research Institute

Jenna@tapscott.com   +1 416-863-8810

Background

Blockchain Transformations Identifying Opportunities and Challenges in Business and Government

A Syndicated Investigation

The technology that will enable, secure and formalize the digital relationships shaping the future of enterprise, government and the global economy has arrived — blockchain. The first generation of the digital revolution brought us the Internet of Information. The second generation—powered by blockchain technology—is bringing us the Internet of Value: a new, distributed platform that can help us create the digital relationships that will reshape the world of business and transform the old order of human affairs for the better.

It’s now time to take the next step and conduct deep research into use cases and killer applications — identifying the most important opportunities for blockchain in business and government and drawing the roadmap for how to get there.

The Blockchain Research Institute is pleased to announce a new, landmark initiative on the potential of blockchain across industries and also within the functions of organizations. Through a series of major research projects led by global experts, we will identify and explain key application opportunities, issues, strategies and approaches that enable companies and governments to capitalize on this emerging technology.  We will be studying 8 target Vertical Opportunities and 7 Horizontal Opportunities, as well as several overarching issues such as Regulation and Societal Change.

Schedule

The program will begin April 3, 2017 and will go through to 2019