Jim Balsillie

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"Jim Balsillie is the founder and chair of The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He is co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), a position he has held since 1992. At RIM, Jim is responsible for driving corporate strategy, business development, marketing, sales and finance...

"In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim is the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and founding chair of the Canadian International Council (CIC). In 2010, Jim was appointed to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, charged with formulating a new vision for sustainable growth in response to the growing risk of dangerous climate change. Jim is a founding donor of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics; a patron of the Grand River Hospital, where his leadership gift helped establish a new cancer care center; a major donor to RIM Park in the City of Waterloo; and principal benefactor for the Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images in Peterborough. He also helped establish the Waterloo Regional Children's Museum.

"Jim's commitment to the community and innovation in business leadership is widely recognized. He has received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University, Dalhousie University and Trent University, and was also elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), the highest designation that the Institute confers." [1]

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  1. Jim Balsillie, Centre for International Governance Innovation, accessed December 3, 2011.