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Don Tapscott

Mr. Tapscott is an internationally sought authority, consultant and speaker on business strategy and organizational transformation. His clients include top executives of many of the world's largest corporations and government leaders from many countries. The Washington Technology Report says he is one of the most influential media authorities since Marshall McLuhan.

Mr. Tapscott has authored or co-authored ten widely read books on the application of technology in business. His upcoming book, co-authored with David Ticoll is THE NAKED CORPORATION: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (Free Press, October 2003.)

His penultimate book, co-authored with David Ticoll and Alex Lowy, is DIGITAL CAPITAL: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs. This best seller describes how business webs are replacing the traditional model of the firm and changing the dynamics of wealth creation and competition. Business Week describes the book as "pure enlightenment."

Mr. Tapscott is President of New Paradigm Learning Corporation, which he founded in 1992, and Adjunct Professor of Management, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Mr. Tapscott regularly contributes articles and opinion pieces to North American newspapers and magazines, and is a columnist for enRoute, Intelligent Enterprise and Director magazines.

Mr. Tapscott's earlier books include THE DIGITAL ECONOMY: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996), one of the best-selling books about technology in business ever, appearing on a number of bestsellers lists including the New York Times business book list. It had a run of seven months on the Business Week bestsellers list. It has been translated into 20 languages.

GROWING UP DIGITAL: The Rise of the Net Generation (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998) won the first Amazon.com Bestseller Award in the summer of 1998. It has been "recommended for all libraries" by the Library Journal. Time Magazine Senior Editor, Joshua Cooper Ramo, describes GROWING UP DIGITAL as a "compellingly written look at the generation that will make it all happen." It has been translated into 14 languages and was released in paperback in May, 1999.

Mr. Tapscott is also the co-author of the international bestseller PARADIGM SHIFT: The New Promise of Information Technology (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1992) which was the first book to describe the fundamental change in computing from host-based systems for controlling costs to networks for transforming business models and strategy. He co-authored with Ann Cavoukian, WHO KNOWS: Safeguarding Your Privacy in a Networked World (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997). He is also the co-editor of BLUEPRINT TO THE DIGITAL ECONOMY (McGraw-Hill, New York, July 1998), an anthology which contains chapters written by a cross-section of leaders of the digital revolution.

CREATING VALUE IN THE NETWORK ECONOMY (Harvard Business School Press, April 1999) is a selection of the best articles from the Harvard Business Review on how networks change business models and strategy, edited and with an introduction by Mr. Tapscott.

Deeply committed to the issue of mental health, Mr. Tapscott is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Chair of the Centred on Hope Campaign for the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. He is a founding member and a member of the Committee of Advisers of the Business & Economic Roundtable on Addiction & Mental Health. He and his wife, Ana Lopes, are the benefactors of the Tapscott Chair in Schizophrenia Studies at the University of Toronto. He is also involved extensively in the transformation of education, working with many universities, school boards and Educational Secretaries and Ministers around the world. He was Chair of the 1999-2001 Trent University Beyond Our Walls Capital Fundraising Campaign.

Mr. Tapscott holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and Statistics, an M.Ed. specializing in Research Methodology and a Doctor of Laws (Hon) granted from the University of Alberta in 2001.


David Ticoll

David Ticoll is a consultant, executive, columnist, author and speaker. His third book, The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency Will Revolutionize Business (co-author, Don Tapscott) was published in October 2003 by Free Press (New York) and Penguin Canada (Toronto). The Naked Corporation describes how transparency, accountability, and stakeholder relationships are the new frontier of competitive innovation.

Mr. Ticoll writes the weekly column on business strategy and technology at The Globe and Mail. Canada's leading business newspaper. He is an in-demand international speaker for corporate and public events.

Mr. Ticoll advises senior executives at global corporations on strategic innovation, transparency, governance, and corporate citizenship.

Mr. Ticoll was CEO and principal shareholder at Digital 4Sight from the time he founded it in 1994 to 2001. Digital 4Sight was a leading global consulting and research firm with a focus on technology-based business innovation. Mr. Ticoll led Digital 4Sight's consistently profitable growth to revenues of $14 million, 65 employees, and clients across North America, Asia, and Europe. In addition Mr. Ticoll led the firm's research and consulting endeavors. He identified and described "business webs," the new organizational platform for wealth creation in the 21st century, and the Hypernet, the next generation mobile and pervasive Internet.

Mr. Ticoll described these concepts with co-authors Don Tapscott and Alex Lowy in Digital Capital: Harnessing the Power of Business Webs (Harvard Business School Press, 2000) and Blueprint to the Digital Economy (McGraw-Hill, 1998). Business Week described Digital Capital as "pure enlightenment."

He was contributing editor and a monthly columnist at tele.com (a CMP trade publication for telecommunications industry executives) 1997-2001, and has published in the Harvard Business Review, Business 2.0, USA Today, and many other periodicals.

He was a Director (equivalent to Partner) at DMR Group Inc., an international IT services firm. During his 6 years at DMR, he led the global program, Strategies for Open Systems, which defined the emerging UNIX marketplace for users and suppliers of information technology. He discovered Gartner Group Inc. in the early 1980s and founded its Canadian operation. He also co-founded the CIO Summit conference, which he chaired for its first five years.

David is a director of the Information Technology Association of Canada and a member of the advisory boards of several high technology startups.


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