Jim Balsillie’s career is unique in Canadian business. He is a former Chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), a Canadian technology company he scaled from an idea to $20 billion in sales globally.
He is a co-founder of the Institute for New Economic Thinking based in New York City, the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) based in Toronto and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) based in Waterloo. He currently chairs the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), CCI and CIGI. He is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Arctic Research Foundation and founding co-chair of the CIO Strategy Council. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Mr. Balsillie was the only Canadian ever appointed to US Business Council and the sole private sector representative on the UN Secretary General’s High Panel for Sustainability. He is the only Canadian member of the US Council on Competitiveness and an internationally renowned voice on innovation strategy, competitiveness and international economic policy. He testified to the US Senate on America Innovates Act, a landmark legislation for management of intellectual property.
His awards include: several honorary degrees, Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Mobile World Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People and three times Barron’s list of "World’s Top CEOs.”