QUEBEC CITY, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Mike Lazaridis, founder, president,
and co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), will receive an honorary doctorate
from Université Laval on Sunday, June 8. Mike Lazaridis is known in the global
wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of remarkable
Born in Turkey to Greek parents, Mr. Lazaridis was five years old when
his family moved to Canada in 1966, settling in Windsor, Ontario. In 1979, he
enrolled at the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering with an
option in computer science. In 1984, while still a student and with a $15,000
loan from his parents, he launched the company Research In Motion, which would
become one of Canada's largest and most successful high-tech companies.
As RIM's president and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis is responsible for product
strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing.
His most successful product is the world-famous Blackberry, a handheld,
fully-integrated wireless communications device.
A passionate advocate for education and scientific research,
Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous
philanthropic gifts. He donated $50 million to the University of Waterloo to
help launch the Institute for Quantum Computing. In 2001, his most noted gift
of $100 million established the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Mike Lazaridis' engineering, scientific, and community achievements have
been widely acknowledged. In 2002, Mr. Lazaridis shared Canada's most
prestigious award for innovation, the Ernest C. Manning Principal Award, with
RIM colleague Gary Mousseau. He appeared on the TIME 100 List of Most
Influential People in 2005, and was named an Officer to the Order of Canada in
For further information:
For further information: Hélène Mélançon, Department of Public Affairs,
Université Laval, (418) 656-2131 ext. 7286, Helene.Melancon@dap.ulaval.ca;
Source: Jean-François Huppé, Media Relations, Université Laval, (418)