Founded Research In Motion with fellow billionaire Mike Lazaridis in 1984. Later created BlackBerry, forever tethering businesspeople to email (thanks?). RIM now launching PlayBook, a tablet device to compete with Apple's iPad. In active ego-match with Steve Jobs over whose is better. Sports nut, has tried three times to buy an NHL team to move to Ontario. Member of Trilateral Commission.
Since 1992, Jim Balsillie has been co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM), maker of the world renowned BlackBerry wireless solution. At RIM, Jim is responsible for driving corporate strategy, business development, marketing, sales, and finance.
In 2002, Mr. Balsillie founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class global research institute focused on the restructuring of international governance. In 2007, Mr. Balsillie announced the creation of the new Canadian International Council (CIC) of which he is the Chair. In 2008, he founded the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Mr. Balsillie is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants. He also holds numerous honorary doctorate degrees.