We are strategy and innovation consultants, software entrepreneurs, and financial industry veterans. Combined, we hold decades of success in business acceleration.
Don Tapscott (C.M., BA, BSc, MEd, LLD) | Chairman
Don is a recognized world leading authority on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology on business and government. He is the author of 15 books, available in all major languages including the bestsellers - Paradigm Shift, The Digital Economy and Wikinomics. His most recent book (May 2016): The Blockchain Revolution: How the Underlying Technology of Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World: explores the fundamental way this new protocol will transform business in the second Era of the Internet. The book quickly rose to the top of the bestseller lists at the New York Times and Amazon. Don is a sought after advisor by Fortune 100 Industry and Governments across the world and has deep networked connections throughout the world economy.
William Tapscott (Hons. BSc) | Founder and CEO
Bill has founded, co-founded and led a number of successful technology start-up companies in Toronto over the past 25 years, including: IntelliOne, a world leading method of processing cell phone data to generate bulk geo-location and traffic information; Maptuit, a navigation and optimization software company in Transportation Logistics; and, Mountain Lake Software, a custom software development company with a strong financial services practice. These companies became acquisition targets of larger organizations for their strategic value. Bill is an Advisory Board Member of Jonah Group, a 100-person software services company with clients in financial services and US Healthcare. Bill has a special interest in Cleantech and is on the Investment Committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
Jane Ricciardelli (B.Comm, MBA) | Chief Marketing Officer
Jane is a senior digital executive with over 20 years of experience leading marketing, strategy and operations for technology-based companies. Most recently, she was the CMO of Exchange Solutions, a leading provider of loyalty programs for national retailers and banks, with a client roster including Esso, Scotiabank, Sears and Lowes. Prior to that, Jane was the VP of Strategic Projects for Lavalife, where she spearheaded the company’s international expansion as well as the launch of LavalifePrime, a niche dating site which acquired over 40k members within its first year. Jane also has an entrepreneurial bent, having co-founded one of Canada’s leading digital agencies, Medium One Productions. After building the company to 40+ full-time employees in Toronto and Montreal, the company was sold to Mosaic Group Inc. in 2000.
Willem Galle (B.Eng) | Director
Willem is the founder of many successful technology companies beginning in the 1990’s with Calixon N.V. a software optimization company for global air freight. After Calixon was purchased by Descartes Systems Group of Waterloo, Ontario (TSX Ventures: DSG), Willem held ‘C’ level roles as Descartes became the world's-leading provider of software technology for global supply chains and Air Freight. Later as COO of Intellione Inc. of Atlanta GA., an early-stage big-data network platform for tracking cell phones, Willem advanced relationships with Mobile Network Operators globally and won key strategic agreements for the company. Willem is a renaissance entrepreneur with many businesses in technology, cleantech and brownfield redevelopment.
Sharon Solomon (M.A.) | Executive Producer
Sharon is an accomplished Project Consultant with a history of contributing to a client’s success through project delivery and Executive Search in Financial Services, Information Technology and Cleantech Industries in Canada, the US, and the UK. An early advocate for sustainable development, Sharon assisted The World Watch Institute, an environmental think tank based in Washington D.C. in developing a research program (The New Economy Council) and secured the founding financial partner from industry for its inception. Earlier she has helped companies build high profile Boards and find ‘C’ level individuals across a broad corporate spectrum for sustainable energy companies through the UK and Asia. For Investment Banks she has carried out numerous executive recruiting projects for positions in Systems Architecture and Development, Trading and Cyber Security. Her network of contacts covers the world's leading figures in Finance and Cleantech.
Drew Atkins (B.Sc., Engineering Physics) | Advisory Chief Architect
Drew is one of the three founders at Jonah Group, a 100+ person software consultancy in Toronto. Jonah Group designs and builds high-performance custom technology solutions with an emphasis on great user experience, robust architecture and high business value. The team creates software for North American clients in areas including: capital markets, loyalty, health and retail financial services technology. Drew has over 30 years of experience as a senior software architect and project manager. He’s managed technical departments for several software companies, as well as planned, designed and rolled out many large business-critical projects.
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on innovation, technology and climate change.
Richard L. Sandor (Ph.D.)
Richard is chairman and chief executive officer of Environmental Financial Products LLC, which specializes in inventing, designing, and developing new financial markets with a special emphasis on investment advisory services. EFP was established in 1998 and was the predecessor company and incubator to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the European Climate Exchange (ECX) and the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE). Dr. Sandor was honored by the City of Chicago for his contribution to the creation of financial futures and his universal recognition as the "father of financial futures.” In October 2007, he was honored as one of TIME Magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment” for his work as the “Father of Carbon Trading,” and in October 2012 he was presented with the World Federation of Exchanges Award for Excellence. Dr. Sandor is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, a Visiting Fellow with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Finance at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University.
Tom Baumann (B.A., B.Eng/M.Eng, Environmental Eng.)
Tom is an innovator at the convergence of digital technologies and nextgen governance for climate and sustainability. In the last 10 years, Tom has co-founded ClimateCHECK; the GHG Management Institute (the world’s leading GHG training organization with over 3000 alumni in over 160 countries); Collaborase (an online collaboration platform for “Standards 2.0” with over 5000 experts supporting leading programs such as Gold Standard and the Natural Capital Coalition); and also Xpansiv (a Blockchain and digital technology company focused on sustainability). Tom is the International Chair of the ISO Climate Change Standards Committee and leads the activities of over 80 national standards bodies in the development of standards for MRV, climate finance and adaptation. Tom started in the environmental sector in the early 1990s and previously worked at a climate technology investment fund and at the world’s leading GHG certification company.