Laurier business, economics school named after Blackberry founder Lazaridis

$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.

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