James Canton

James Canton

Speaker: James Canton

Futurist, Author, and Visionary Business Advisor


  • Future Smart: The Game-Changing Trends That Are Shaping Tomorrow
  • TechnoFutures: The Top Innovations Shaping the Future
  • The Extreme Future of Health Care
  • The Innovators Mindset: A Strategy for Creating Successful Companies

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor. As a former Apple Computer executive and high tech entrepreneur, he has been insightfully forecasting the key trends and technologies that have shaped our world. The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading global futurists. He has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies.

Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures, a leading think tank he founded in 1990 that advises business and government . A frequent guest of the media, he was named “the Digital Guru” by CNN and “Dr. Future” by Yahoo for his insights. Dr. Canton is the author of The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the 21st Century, Dutton 2006, and Technofutures: How Leading-Edge Innovations Will Transform Business in the 21st Century.

Dr. Canton advises the Global Fortune 1000 on trends in innovation, financial services, health care, population, life sciences, energy, security, workforce, climate change and globalization. From a broad range of industries, clients include: IBM, Tata, Intel, Philips, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Boeing, FedEx, and Proctor & Gamble.

Recognized as “one of the top presenters in the 21st century” by Successful Meetings Magazine, Dr. Canton is a highly sought-after keynote presenter. He has spoken to thousands of organizations on five continents. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes.

A frequent guest of the media, Dr. Canton has been a commentator on CNN, CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC. Media coverage has included CNBC, Fox, PBS, ABC, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg Report, The New York Times, US News and World Report, CEO, CIO and CFO Magazines. His FutureGuru blog and Twitter followers reach a worldwide audience.

Dr. Canton has held a academic appointments at Singularity University at NASA, the Kellogg School of Management, MIT’s Media Lab, Europe, the Potomac Institute, and served on the International Advisory Council, Economic Development Board for the State Singapore, been an advisor to the National Science and Technology Council, US Departments of State, Defense and Health and Human Services.

Future Smart: The Game-Changing Trends That Are Shaping Tomorrow

Discover the top global megatrends that are shaping the future of business, markets and our society based on Dr. Canton’s Best Selling book, Future Smart and research at the Institute for Global Futures. These include the top trends in tech innovations, energy, demographics, future of the workforce, climate, globalization, learning, security and defense. Emerging new asset classes, business models and digital markets are driving change.


TechnoFutures: The Top Innovations Shaping the Future

What’s next for technology, innovation and the transformation of business, markets and the society based on exponential technologies. Based on his research at the National Science Foundation, his best-selling book TechnoFutures and with tech leaders, Dr. Canton has created a model of five strategic technologies that will shape the future. From Big Data, AI, robots, space, clean tech, smart cities, blockchain, quantum computing to what’s next for the digital enterprise. Find out what’s coming that will transform markets, strategy and the global economy.


The Extreme Future of Health Care

Robotics, CrisPR, Health enhancement, mobile digital devices, predictive analytics. Health care is being transformed by a new generation of digital technologies, Big Data, AI and innovations such as synthetic biology, robotics and genetic engineering. The ability to predict health outcomes from early diagnostics and digital tech and create a forecast of public health outcomes is driving a transformation in medicine and care. Find out how this new future is emerging.


The Innovators Mindset: A Strategy for Creating Successful Companies

Based on his 15 year research study with leading companies and his work at Apple, Dr. Canton has created a New Model about how innovators think and act to forge success in their organizations. He has identified a specific Innovator’s Mindset, a strategy to create breakthrough products, services, form companies, take effective actions, and create innovative teams and cultures.


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