The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises was formed in 2015 to support growth-oriented Canadian technology companies and help more of them to scale and stay in Canada.

It was the brainchild of Micheál Kelly, current dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Micheál has extensive experience in strategy and policy as it relates to global business. He saw a gap between the number of tech startups in Canada and the comparatively low number of large tech companies. The idea for the Lazaridis Institute was sparked by a need to focus attention on what it will take to create a globally competitive technology sector in Canada.No other organization was focused on helping scale-up tech companies in Canada on a national level.

Micheál built upon a strong reputation for business research and knowledge at the Lazaridis School to spearhead support for this innovative new initiative. He emphasized the opportunity to make a difference to the Canadian economy by keeping tech companies growing here, thus sparking the creation of jobs and keeping value in Canada. In 2015, the Lazaridis School announced a $20-million donation by Mike Lazaridis and a contribution of $15 million from the Ontario government to officially form the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.

This will be a world-class institute designed to ensure that Canadian technology companies have the management talent and knowledge to compete in global markets.

Micheál Kelly
Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University

Micheál Kelly

Micheál Kelly, AB, MA, PhD, is the dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Laurier in 2012, Micheál was a professor of strategy and global business and dean of the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He returned to the University of Ottawa in 1998 after a 10-year hiatus spent as an executive in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Micheál sits on the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) Board and was recently named national spokesperson for the CATA Innovation Leadership Council. For his contribution to the Canadian technology industry, CATA awarded him it’s Community Leadership Award in 2010.

Quote from Micheál Kelly at the time of announcing the Lazaridis Institute: “The investment by Mike Lazaridis and the Province of Ontario in the creation of this institute takes advantage of Laurier’s stellar track record for business education and research and will have significant impact on the ability of technology companies — in the Waterloo Region and across Canada — to grow and compete internationally.”

Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazaridis is internationally known for creating the ground-breaking BlackBerry smartphone, building BlackBerry into an $18-billion global business and reshaping the global mobile communications industry.

He is a founding partner in Quantum Valley Investments, a Waterloo-based fund that focuses on the commercialization of breakthrough technologies in quantum information science and which seeks to support Waterloo Region’s growing reputation as the “Quantum Valley.”

This institute will play a fundamental role in developing business managers with the tools necessary to build globally competitive high-technology businesses.

Mike Lazaridis
Entrepreneur and philanthropist