Note from editor: The Crowdsourcing Week Team, along with our advisors are thrilled to present a new series on our picks for Crowdsourcing Week’s Global List of Experts. Over the next few weeks, we will share our lists of global innovators shaping the conversation on the crowd economy. Sean Moffitt of Wikibrands is curating our first list on Canada’ s thought leaders. Over to Sean.
A lot of great choices for Canada to kick off our Global Crowdsourcing List of Experts Series. Given my own location,
we thought we should start north in our 50-country collection of geo-specific collection of crowd experts, influencers and practitioners.
Here is our best crack at our Canadian top 10 (in no particular ranking), but we could have easily added more (please add your own in the comments area). We also hope you can add your Canuck insight to our first annual Global Crowdsourcing Survey.
#1 Don Tapscott, The Thought Leader
Claim to Fame: One of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, open collaboration, the economic and social impact of technology and current lead of Global Solution Networks
Latest Tweet of Substance: Smart societies: from citizens as sensors to collective action http://ow.ly/tlu2G
#2 Eric Migicovsky, The Crowd Campaigner
Claim to Fame: Founder of the most successful campaign on Kickstarter to-date Pebble Watch
, a successful Y Combinator venture – 85,000 funders and 300,000+ customers
#3 Shelley Kuipers, The Brand Champion
Claim to Fame: Leads Chaordix – the global player in crowdsourced brand and product innovation that help the world’s leading companies and organizations gain sustained community engagement and predictive intelligence with global clientele including P&G, IBM, FutureBrand, KPMG, American Airlines, Virgin and Reckitt Benckiser
#4 Daryl Hatton, The Fundraiser
Claim to Fame: Leads FundRazr
– Canadian crowdfunding site and Facebook app first released in 2009 allowing enterprises and users to raise money for a variety of causes – $42 million since inception making it one of the top 6 crowdfunding platforms in the world
#5 Craig Asano, The Crowd Ringleader
Claim to Fame: Spearheaded multiple programs and initiatives including Canada’s Crowdfunding Directory, a National Ambassadors outreach program, and NCFA Canada’s advocacy efforts to advance equity-based Crowdfunding regulations in Canada.
Latest Tweet of Substance: Why Canada is where smart VC money is going in 2014 http://ow.ly/trYs6
#6 Jeremy Gutsche, The Culture Vulture
Claim to Fame: Founder of TrendHunter.com, the world’s #1 largest, most popular trend spotting website, boasting more than 1.5 billion total views and 3 million Facebook Fans with content produced and curated by 130,000 Trendhunters
#7 Ashley Hilkewich, The Socially Responsible Insurer
Claim to Fame: Not-for-profit expert helping manage one of the biggest corporate crowd funded platforms, sponsored by Aviva plc, helping donate 4.5 million to positive community causes over the last 5 years
Latest Post of Substance: Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Aviva Community Fund Competition
#8 Paul Dombrowsky, The Engaged Citizen
Claim to Fame: Leads Ideavibes
and its white label crowd engagement platform which helps communities and organizations manage their own crowdsourcing or crowdfunding campaigns to faciliate engagement and tap into the wisdom and power of the online crowd.
#9 Heather Leson, The Crowd Community Manager
Idea hacker, community builder, and community engagement director for the Open Knowledge Foundation
Claim to Fame: Bridges technology and people across a number of full-time, consultant and volunteer initiatives.
#10 Adam Spence, The Social Enterpriser
Founder of the SVX and Associate Director, Venture and Capital Programs at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing.
Claim to Fame: Focused on collaborative work driving social, economic and environmental justice through finance, education, social innovation and public policy change as an advocate, researcher and social entrepreneur.
Would you like to nominate a crowdsourcing leader in Canada? Please tell us about them via a comment.