$35 million in government, private support will create the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.
September 10, 2015
by PLANT Staff
WATERLOO — Wilfrid Laurier University has named its School of Business & Economics in honour of visionary technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis.
The newly branded Lazaridis School of Business & Economics marks the start of a new era for Laurier as the university prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its business and economics school and open a $103-million state-of-the-art facility in 2016.
Laurier is poised to become a global centre for research and teaching related to the leadership of technology companies, thanks to a $20-million donation by Lazaridis and a contribution of $15 million from the Ontario government, both announced earlier this year.
The combined $35 million will support the creation of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, which will be part of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics.
Mike Lazaridis is internationally known for creating the groundbreaking BlackBerry smartphone, building BlackBerry into an $18-billion global business, and reshaping the global mobile communications industry.
He is currently a founding partner in Quantum Valley Investments, a Waterloo-based fund that focuses on the commercialization of breakthrough technologies in quantum information science.