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Leadership & Governance

Chancellor Don Tapscott wearing full regalia and looking off into the distance during convocation.

Leadership & Governance


Dr. Don Tapscott, C.M., B.A., B.Sc., M.Ed., L.L.D.

Don Tapscott on stage in Regalia during convocation.

You are invited to attend the Chancellor Lecture Series

Towards a New Social Contract for the Digital Age

Dr. Len Epp Will Interview Dr. Don Tapscott ’66, Trent University Chancellor
Friday, November 16, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Student Centre Room 1.20
Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough ON

Register for this event online

Dr. Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology. In 2017, he was ranked the second most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. With a TED talk garnering over a million views, his most recent book Blockchain Revolution is the first book to thoroughly explain why blockchain technology – an open, distributed, global platform – will fundamentally transform the way we move, store, and manage value online.
Dr. Len Epp is a former investment banker with a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Oxford. He is a co-founder of Leanpub, a platform used for writing and selling ebooks and online courses that is popular with creators in the tech sector. Len is also the host of the Frontmatter and Backmatter podcasts, where he interviews authors and publishing industry experts, respectively.

Don has been advancing groundbreaking concepts for over 3 decades. His 1992 bestseller, Paradigm Shift, helped coin this seminal management concept, and The Digital Economy, written in 1995, changed business thinking about the transformational nature of the Internet. Two years later he helped popularize the terms “Net Generation” and “the Digital Divide” in Growing Up Digital.

Don’s most recent and ambitious book was co-authored with his son, startup CEO and bitcoin governance expert Alex Tapscott. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Underlying Bitcoin is Changing Business, Money and the World was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption.”

In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute whose 70+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations.  

Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the 2nd most influential management thinker in the world by Thinkers50. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in elucidating today’s technological revolutions and their impact on the world.

Don is a contributor to »The Huffington Post, »The Globe And Mail, »TIME, »The Wall Street Journal, and »Toronto Star.

Duties of a Chancellor

The role of the Chancellor includes conferring all degrees and diplomas and sitting as an ex officio member of the Board of Governors and the Senate.  In addition, the Chancellor serves as Chair of the Senate Executive sub-committee on University Honours and represents the University in an official capacity at external functions from time to time.  Each Chancellor brings his or her special talents and interests to the position, and enters into and enhances the life of the University.  The term of the office is normally for three years but is renewable upon the recommendation of Senate Executive and the agreement of Senate and the incumbent.