GSN Founder and Executive Director, and Trent University chancellor Don Tapscott received his Order of Canada from Governor General David Johnston at a ceremony last Friday morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa
Tapscott was one of 87 individuals named to the Order of Canada in June. The author was the first Trent alumnus to become the university’s chancellor in 2013 and he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from his alma mater in 2006.
He was honored for his leadership in the field of business innovation, particularly for his research on the economic and social impact of information technology.
Mr. Tapscott joins his wife of 32 years, Ana Lopes, who was awarded as a member of the Order of Canada in 2011 for her work in the community as a philanthropist and volunteer.
Since the Order of Canada was established in 1967, more than 6,000 people have been invested, though only about 10 couples have been awarded, either together or on separate occasions.
Tapscott is CEO of the Tapscott Group, a think tank that advises government and business leaders, as well as coordinating and promoting Global Solution Networks, a program that looks at networked models for problem solving, control and cooperation.
Proud and humbled by the recognition for his work, Tapscott said, “We’re moving into a new kind of economy that’s based on knowledge and networking and it’s heartening the Governor General has recognized in this way that this transformation is important.”