James Canton

Business and Technology Futurist

A renown global futurist, author and global advisor to the Fortune 100, Dr. Canton has been forecasting the leading innovations and trends that have shaped our world for 25 years. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures a San Francisco based Think Tank.

James Canton

Business and Technology Futurist

A renown global futurist, author and global advisor to the Fortune 100, Dr. Canton has been forecasting the leading innovations and trends that have shaped our world for 25 years. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures a San Francisco based Think Tank.

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He has advised three White Houses, over ten nations, and over 100 companies worldwide. He was on the founding advisory board of Singularity University, was a Apple Computer executive and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox and NBC. He is the author of Future Smart, Technofutures and The Extreme Future.


  • 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


  • Future Smart (2015)
  • The Extreme Future (2006)
  • Technofutures (2004)


  • Named “the Digital Guru” by CNN
  • Named “Dr. Future” by Yahoo
  • Recognized as ‘one of the top presenters in the 21st century’ by Successful Meetings Magazine


“Your skillful weaving of societal, business, technological and payments industry trends gave my team much to think about. The breakout groups we held following your presentation were highly energized and productive as a result of the material you presented.”

“Your talk was a good fit for this audience because the future of computing and technology is always of high interest to those people who are responsible for planning and purchasing it.”

“Thank you so much for your contribution to the event. It was a huge success, it’s getting terrific feedback from the business teams and your participation has made all the difference.”

“I want to personally thank you for joining our Platinum Partners in Alaska and delivering not only an interesting, but compelling speech for this group. The feedback has been phenomenal. Our Platinum Partners also appreciated you joining and personally interacting with each and every one on our Dog Sledding activity.”

“Your comments gave us an insight into technology trends and new market suggestions that mapped exceedingly well with our strategic goals.”

“Your Technofutures presentation was a smashing success, and we are really looking forward to another successful briefing in Seattle.”

“I particularly liked the way you took a complex issue and managed to aim it at multiple levels of tech understanding in the audience and relate it to their varying perspectives.”

“Your keen insight has played an important role in the formation of our business strategy.”

“Your vision of future customer and market demands, especially as they relate to the wireless and transportation industries, was thought provoking for our execs, technical managers and inventors.”

“Respondents commented how your presentation “helped set the stage” for the presentations that followed.”

“All of our guests, and our team, at the recent Customer Advisory board meeting thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. It was both timely and on point. You obviously understand the broad trends affecting the country, and what possible outcomes may result. We also appreciated just the right mix of wit and wisdom.”

“There is no doubt in my mind that the clients and consultants received important insights into what the emerging technology will do to transform our current business practices.”

“Your insights on the key trends and strategies that will shape the future of mobile business, on what consumers want, and on the wireless business models and technologies that will create opportunity for strategic advantage in the future were enlightening.”

“Previous technology speakers at this conference have delivered speeches which now seem elementary, and we appreciate your deep-future insights into the landscape of consumer use of technology.”

“You gave us a solid base from which to begin our dialogue with valued customer so we can become strategic planning partners in helping then reach their business objectives.”

“Your lively presentation of information and vision about our future deeply impressed the over two hundred managers and high potentials who attended the event.”

“Thank you for taking the time to share your global knowledge and futuristic views with my leadership team. Your presentation was both informative and thought provoking.”

“You provided some though-provoking insight to global trends that are significantly impacting the future of business. After you left, the discussions throughout the rest of the day drew directly on the themes of your presentation.”

“Often futurist and technology guru’s are not able to make their presentations relevant to the average individual, your talk made highly technical, sometimes unimaginable concepts seem simple.”

“Your presentation was terrific! During the twenty years that I have been a platform speaker, I have experienced very few individuals with the rare blend of genuine creativity, intelligence, and communications skills that you possess.”

“I would highly recommend you to other corporations and events that might occur in the future. I feel that your presentation style and personality were fresh and very interesting to me and all attendees.”

“We especially appreciate the way you customized your presentation to our specific businesses and markets. Your cutting edge multimedia presentation, expertise and obvious passion for the topic translated to an informative, entertaining and actionable presentation.”

“Your presentation was excellent and enlightening. Your knowledge of the subject combined with your enthusiastic delivery style certainly resulted in an outstanding session.”

“Your presentation was insightful, thoughtful and clear. Your ideas were fresh and gave the audience, all of whom have years of health care experience a new lens with which to see the challenges that face our industry. It was the real highlight of our conference.”

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