Canadian university passes on $60 million

TORONTO, April 3 (UPI) -- York University in Toronto decided not to accept $60 million to establish an international law school because too many strings were attached, officials said.

Rattled RIM seeks new blood

TORONTO, March 30 (UPI) -- Canadian technology giant Research In Motion said it is shaking things up in its executive suite following a 25 percent drop in sales in the fourth quarter.

RIM replaces top two executives

WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Canadian electronics giant Research in Motion named Thorsten Heins to replace co-chairmen and co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie.

RIM denies executives lied

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian company Research in Motion denied charges that its top executives lied about the reason for the delay of the next generation BlackBerry phone.

RIM says service is back for BlackBerry

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian company Research in Motion said Thursday BlackBerry smartphone service has been restored.

NHL approves sale of Coyotes

CHICAGO, July 29 (UPI) -- The NHL has blocked an attempt to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario, instead approving a sale to a U.S. group, the league announced Wednesday.

Bankruptcy judge nixes Coyotes sale

PHOENIX, June 15 (UPI) -- A bankruptcy judge has rejected the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to an investor who wanted to move the NHL team to Canada.

NHL mulling second Toronto team

TORONTO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The governors of the National Hockey League are in informal talks about putting a second team in Toronto, the Globe and Mail reported Tuesday.

First flip-phone BlackBerry announced

WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. Wednesday announced a flip version of its wireless handheld device.

Toronto exchange rises most in 7 months

TORONTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index reversed a six-day plunge Wednesday, rising the most in seven months as the BlackBerry maker introduced a new phone.

BlackBerry maker to employ 1,000 in Texas

IRVING, Texas, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- BlackBerry smart phone maker Research In Motion Ltd. said Monday it will employ more than 1,000 people at its new U.S. headquarters in suburban Dallas.

BlackBerry maker to restate results $250M

WATERLOO, Ontario, March 5 (UPI) -- Canada's Research In Motion Ltd. BlackBerry wireless device maker said Monday it would restate its results $250 million downward after a stock-options review.

Balsillie agrees to buy NHL's Penguins

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Canadian business executive Jim Balsillie has agreed to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League, the club announced Thursday.

Wireless World: PDA makers eye small firms

CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Christopher Bennett started two small businesses this year and recently made the executive decision to drop the BlackBerry wireless device he had been using to
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BlackBerry to be offered in China

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 12 (UPI) -- Research In Motion announced Friday that it will launch BlackBerry service in China.
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James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman and co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion. He was born in Seaforth, Ontario, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where his family relocated in 1966. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Trinity College at University of Toronto, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He earned an MBA from Harvard University in 1989. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA).

Balsillie is also a noted athlete and passionate fitness advocate. He was named Athlete of the Year at Trinity College, University of Toronto, plays hockey and golf at competitive levels, and coaches his son's soccer and basketball teams. He currently trains and competes in Men's Long Course Triathlons. Balsillie is also the Honorary Chair of the Peterborough YMCA's Building New Memories Campaign and on March 2, 2007 that same YMCA announced that the new facility they opened the previous month will forever be known as the Balsillie Family YMCA. With an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion, he is ranked in the top 500 richest people in the world.

Balsillie has been active in his efforts to buy a National Hockey League franchise with the overt intention of moving whichever franchise he buys to Hamilton, Ontario. He has so far bid on at least three teams: Balsillie walked away from an attempt to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins after he claimed the NHL had interfered with the process. The Nashville Predators rebuffed his offers because of his desire to move the team to Hamilton, while a third offer to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, with the same precondition, is currently under review.

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