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 events@bot.com or call 416 862 4500. Toronto Board of Trade members get a whopping 24% discount ...

So, now what?

First of all, a million thanks to all the people who have been wishing me well with their calls, e-mails, posts to this blog, etc. Everyone from the Mayor and the Premier to Board of Trade members and basketball fans have been saying really nice things, and I truly appreciate it. This is a class town!

Second, a lot of you have been asking what's going to happen to this blog. Well, I think it's very important for the Board of Trade to keep up this method of reaching directly to people, giving you interesting (I hope) viewpoints and information -- so, I'm glad to say that there will be an ongoing blog from the Board perspective.

You will be able to reach it through www.bot.com/blog (right now, that link points back here). It's going to have posts from all sorts of people at the Board who can pass on useful links, fascinating stories, inside information on things happening in the business and political worlds of Toronto, etc.

As for what I'm going to do on a personal blog level, I'm not sure yet. I'm still President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade until October 12, so any talk of things I'm going to do in the future will have to wait until after that.