Don TapscottConsidered a leading expert on the impact of information technology, Don Tapscott, 1978 MEd, is a best-selling author who has served as a consultant to leading enterprises and governments around the globe. In his best-selling books, Don Tapscott raises questions that are of profound importance to the future of society. Considered one of the world's top writers and thinkers on the impact of information technology, he has been described as one of the most influential media authorities since Marshall McLuhan. American Vice-President Al Gore has called him "one of the world's leading cyber-gurus." He is an advisor and consultant to many Fortune 100 companies and governments on every continent. National and international interest in Tapscott's writing has grown with the publication of each of his books. The Digital Economy became an international bestseller within one month of its release and was named the top-selling business book for 1996. Paradigm Shift (co-written with Art Caston, 1993), Growing Up Digital (1997), and Blueprint to the Digital Economy (co-written with Alex Lowy and David Ticoll, 1998) are also international bestsellers. Tapscott is deeply committed to the issue of mental health research funding and works extensively with other business leaders to raise awareness on this issue.
Tapscott is a 1998 recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.