Lazaridis and Ontario government invest $35 million to create a tech management school

Mike Lazaridis

One of the “most powerful Canadians” has stepped up and pledged to donate millions towards Wilfrid Laurier University. Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of BlackBerry, announced intentions of investing $20 million to create the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, with the Ontario government joining in for a $15 million contribution.

The partnership with WLU is intended to help “create a management institute that will enhance business programs and support the growth of a globally competitive technology industry in Canada.” The school will assist individuals and Canadian startups of all sizes to understand what it takes to succeed, compete, and grow on a global scale.

Mike Lazaridis, who has been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, said, “this investment in the Laurier School of Business & Economics builds on the world-class research institutions that have been established in Waterloo and the deep culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in this region. This institute will play a fundamental role in developing business managers with the tools necessary to build globally competitive high-technology businesses including those in the Quantum Valley.”

The Lazaridis Institute will be housed in the $103-million state-of-the-art building within Laurier on University Avenue in Waterloo.

“This will be a world-class institute designed to ensure that Canadian technology companies have the management talent and knowledge to compete in global markets,” said Micheál Kelly, Dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics.

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  • WLU has tried something similar in the past with an EMTM program. It ran one year and hasn’t managed to get enough enrollment since in order to run. It looks like an innovative program. I hope it succeeds.

  • Russ Hanneman

    LOL a Lazaridis school of tech management HAHHAAHAHA, maybe they can teach how to take a company like RIM/BB and make it collapse epically