James Balsillie


James Balsillie (B.Comm. Toronto, FCA Toronto, MBA Harvard) is a co-founder and former co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and the Canadian International Council (CIC) and co-founder of Communitech. He was the private sector representative on the UN Secretary General’s High Panel for Sustainability and was recently appointed by the Government of Canada as the Chair of the Board for The Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). His awards include: Mobile World Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, India’s Priyadarshni Academy Global Award, Time Magazine World’s 100 Most Influential People, three times Barron’s list of ‘World’s Top CEOs’ and once CNBC’s list of ‘Worst CEOs’.

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Why We Need a Second Bretton Woods Gathering

Paper Commentary | | Nov 2018

We need a new system of rules for the digital 21st century that enhances global digital cooperation and welfare. Nothing less than a historic gathering of the world’s key decision makers will get us there.    

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Digital Transformation: Pre and Post Covid-19

with Jim Balsillie

Event Webinar | Aug 20, 2020

The rise of the Knowledge Based Economy and subsequent Data Driven Economy has created a new world in which the basis of wealth and power is derived from control of these intangible assets, alongside creating a new kind of social and political space in which both our public and private spheres are technologically reshaped. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated these transformations that permeate our world and has amplified their effects.

Human After All

Event Plenary | Apr 10–12, 2014

The Institute for New Economic Thinking joined the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in holding its fifth Annual Conference from April 10 to April 12, 2014 in Toronto.

Crisis & Renewal

New Economic Thinking 2011

Event Plenary | Apr 8–11, 2011

The Institute for New Economic Thinking held its second annual plenary conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.