Toronto, CANADA; April 24, 2018 – The Blockchain Research Institute ™ today welcomed nearly a dozen new members, including Salesforce, Raiffeisen Bank International, and BPC Banking Technologies.

Funded by leading companies and governments, the Blockchain Research Institute ™ is a multi-million dollar global research initiative undertaking the definitive investigation of blockchain strategies, opportunities, and implementation challenges. Other new members include Navigator Limited, the first public relations firm to join the institute, and brand management agency VIKTRE.

This brings the Blockchain Research Institute ™’s membership to nearly 60 global leaders in business, government and the startup community.

“We are pleased to welcome these global leaders to the Blockchain Research Institute ™,” said Don Tapscott, co-founder and Executive Chairman. “The blockchain industry is growing and changing at an accelerated pace, and we look forward to helping these companies navigate the blockchain revolution through our research and thought leadership.”

Also included in this group are a number of new Blockchain Pioneers, a special class of membership dedicated to startups at the forefront of blockchain innovation. These new pioneer members include Aion, Decentral, Polymath, Shyft Network, and Sweetbridge.

“Like our corporate and government members, these companies are at very different stages of their blockchain transformations,” said Tapscott. “We can foster more innovation through collaboration by creating a network of builders in the blockchain space alongside leaders in enterprise and government.”

Further new members of the Blockchain Research Institute ™ are slated to be announced in May.

Quotes from New Members:

“As with other disruptive technologies, blockchain requires deep study from a variety of perspectives to understand its broader implications. The Blockchain Research Institute ™ is providing key insights that will help shape the future of blockchain applications as this revolutionary technology emerges.”

Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President Strategic Planning – Salesforce

“Blockchain is a team sport, where it takes numerous qualified players to be successful in the field. We have decided to join the Blockchain Research Institute ™ to get access to state-of-the-art research on the technology itself, which will enable us to continue our work on use-cases for our industry.”

Johann Strobl, CEO – Raiffeisen Bank International

“For Navigator, supporting the Blockchain Research Institute ™ in their work fits with our ongoing drive to push boundaries and help our clients succeed. We cannot risk seeing our clients fall behind the coming wave of disruption, nor remain in the dark regarding all of the benefits such a technology affords.”

Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman – Navigator Ltd.

Quotes from New Pioneer Members:

“We’re proud to be acknowledged by the Blockchain Research Institute ™ as an organization helping to pioneer the blockchain revolution. As a Pioneer Member, we receive insight into the unique opportunities, challenges and priorities of leaders in a variety of industries.”

Matthew Spoke, CEO – AION

“This is an important milestone in the development, growth and significance of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space when Canada’s largest think tank in the space combines forces with the country’s leading blockchain company. Decentral supports all in this ecosystem but we are selective about who we choose to work with. There are many synergies between the BRI’s important work and Decentral’s mission to make the universe of blockchain technology accessible and understandable to all in order to empower people to take control of their digital lives.”

Anthony Diiorio, Founder & CEO – Decentral, Co-founder – Ethereum

“Our goal at Polymath is to help move the global securities market to the blockchain by making it easier to create tokenized securities. We are excited to join the BRI in advancing blockchain research, development, and adoption. We look forward to working with the BRI in our mission to make capital markets more efficient, transparent, and democratic.”

Chris Housser, COO and Co-Founder – Polymath

“Shyft and the Blockchain Research Institute ™ share a vision of an inclusive, participatory global economy based on blockchain technology. As Pioneer Members, Shyft can benefit from the Institute’s global network of thought leaderships, while helping solve KYC and identity hurdles for both ecosystem companies and the global industry leaders of today.”

Bruce Silcoff, CEO – Shyft Network

“The BRI provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to work with thought leaders, corporate innovators, and other blockchain pioneers to create the new business models that will transform many areas of our economy in deep structural ways. We have an opportunity to do this responsibly by coming together in thoughtful collaboration through organizations such as the BRI.”

Scott Nelson, CEO & Chairman – Sweetbridge

About the BRI:

The Blockchain Research Institute ™ (BRI) is a global think-tank that helps organizations realize the new promise of the digital economy by researching the strategic implications of blockchain technology and producing practical insights to guide its members in achieving success. The BRI was founded in 2017 by Don and Alex Tapscott, the co-authors of the best-selling book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World.

The Institute’s global team of experts has 70+ research projects underway in the areas of financial services, manufacturing, retail, energy and resources, technology/media, healthcare and government; as well as how this nascent technology is changing the way companies are managed. To complement the research, the Institute offers a suite of services to its members, including a private website for the sharing of deliverables, monthly webinars, all-member summits, and other exclusive activities. The Institute’s research findings, conclusions and recommendations will be ultimately be released under a Creative Commons license.

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