Glen Grunwald's Board Blog

Archive of the blog of the former President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Speaking of big moves ...

How about Jim Balsillie of RIM fame buying the Pittsburgh Penguins?

People are already talking about what he might do, including rumours of moving the team (one joker is suggesting the 'Hamilton BlackBerries').

It's just one more way the co-CEO of Research In Motion is making news these days. Just a few weeks ago, he was named Outstanding CEO of the Year by Financial Post Business magazine, and the papers have been full of stories about him taking the BlackBerry truly global by getting into places like China.

This is a guy on the move, and his success could be a huge help in raising people's awareness about the outstanding communications technology we develop here in Canada. This is the birthplace of both the telephone and the BlackBerry, after all.

Anyway, the great news for the Board of Trade and its members is that we've confirmed Mr. Balsillie to be the keynote speaker for our Annual Dinner next January 29!

[WARNING: SHAMELESS PLUG AHEAD] Tickets for our black tie event are now on sale and several hundred have already been sold, so don't wait too long -- you can e-mail or call 416 862 4500. Toronto Board of Trade members get a whopping 24% discount ...


Anonymous Farhan Lalji said...

Glen, do you believe having a new building in Pittsburgh (perhaps called the Rim Arena or something of that ilk) would do more for raising international awareness of the company than having one in Hamilton? Not that I have anything against Hamilton - I studied there and think it's a beautiful and underrated place to live.

10:20 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, who's the joker who called them the 'Hamilton Blackberries' - that's pretty funny, but could be reality! How about the 'Tri-City Thumbs' - the Tri-Cities being Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Cambridge and the 'Thumbs' being a reference to the Blackberry. Or just put the team in Hamilton, and the Leafs and the 'Berries can get the 'Gardiner Expressway series' started!!


7:15 p.m.  

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