Most Powerful People

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016: #13 — Jim Balsillie

Speaks for the tech sector

Jim Balsillie, Innovation Lobbyist,
(Dick Loek/Toronto Star/Getty)

#13: Jim Balsillie

Innovation Lobbyist

Why he matters: Speaks for the tech sector

Canada’s Richest People rank: #99

The former co-CEO of BlackBerry has kept a low profile since he stepped down in 2012, but he’s re-emerging as the champion of the tech sector. Along with OMERS Ventures CEO John Ruffolo, Jim Balsillie is the architect of a forthcoming tech lobby group. In Balsillie’s view, policymakers aren’t equipped to fully understand how to help the tech industry, and companies in Canada haven’t advocated for their interests. The goal of the lobby group to create conditions for the industry to flourish on a global scale. With Balsillie at the helm, expect to see a much more vocal tech sector.

More of Canada’s Most Powerful Business People:

▲ #12 Jason Kenney
▼ #14 John Tory