Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO at Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of the world renowned BlackBerry wireless solution, spoke to students, faculty and media and took questions as they relate to the I.D.E.A. award on June 2 at the Asper School of Business.
A gathering of students and professors from the Asper School of Business, plus several reporters and videographers filled the Atrium as Balsillie began to speak.
"It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to students of the University of Manitoba," said Balsillie. "I don't get to meet with students very often. But when I get the chance, it is so much fun."
Balsillie spent most of his time in the Atrium interacting with master and doctoral students of the Asper School of Business during the question & answer period.
After being presented an I.D.E.A. plaque in his honour, he was given a tour of the University of Manitoba's SmartPark.
In the evening, a black-tie dinner was held, hosted by the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Balsillie's honour.
The annual I.D.E.A. Dinner, established in 1983, is widely known for honouring internationally-renowned entrepreneurs such as Israel Asper, Richard Branson, award founder Albert D. Cohen, Paul Desmarais, Akio Morita, Ross Perot, Heather Reisman, Dame Anita Roddick, Gerald Schwartz, Martha Stewart, W. Galen Weston and Peter Munk.
The Associates is an organization of senior business leaders dedicated to making the Asper School of Business a top Canadian business school. Every year the Associates support and promote interaction between business executives, faculty and students, culminating with the I.D.E.A. award presentation in June.