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CEO of Research In Motion
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James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian billionaire. He is a Chartered Accountant and co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion. He was born in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where his family relocated in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Trinity College at University of Toronto, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1989. Jim is also a noted athlete and passionate fitness advocate. He was Athlete of the Year at Trinity College, University of Toronto, plays hockey and golf at competitive levels, and coaches his son`s soccer and basketball teams. He currently trains and competes in Men`s Long Course Triathlons. Balsillie is also the Honorary Chair of the Peterborough YMCA`s Building New Memories Campaign and on March 2, 2007 that same YMCA announced that the new facility they opened the previous month will forever be known as the Balsillie Family YMCA. With a net worth of $3.4 billion, he is the ninth-richest person in Canada.
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University of Toronto, Harvard University
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James Laurence Balsillie
James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion ('BlackBerry'). He is also the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Following his retirement as co-CEO of RIM in January 2012, Balsillie assumed a director role on RIM's Board of Directors. In March 2012, he resigned from the Board due to strategic differences with RIM's new leader and CEO, Thorsten Heins, who abandoned the licensing strategy that Balsillie was pursuing. He served as a member of the United Nations Panel on Global Sustainability until 2012. In June 2013, the Government of Canada appointed Balsillie as the Chair of Sustainable Development Technologies Canada.
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