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04-13-2012, 03:09 PM
James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, a private political organization. With an estimated net worth of $US 800 million (as of June 2011), Balsillie was ranked by Forbes as the 20th wealthiest Canadian and 692nd in the world.

Balsillie is 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.

Balsillie was born in Seaforth, Ontario, and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where his family relocated in 1966 and he attended Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA).

Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Balsillie)