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The 2008 Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce

Established in 1999, The Morgan Stanley Leadership Award for Global Commerce recognizes individuals whose personal leadership has made a critical contribution to the effective use of information technology throughout the world.

"As humans we’re innately creative, and we’re curious. When that creativity and that curiosity are augmented with powerful tools like science, mathematics, and engineering our potential is limitless. I think of all the advances we have seen today and imagine what the world’s going to look like 100 years from now if we can continue that same level of innovation and discovery that occurred within the first 50 years of the last century"

— Mike Lazaridis , Oral History

Mike Lazaridis
President & Co-Chief Executive Officer, Research In Motion

Mike Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He traces his passion for his work to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario where his love of science and fascination with electronics were nurtured in supportive family and school environments.

As President and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), a company Mr. Lazaridis founded while a student at the University of Waterloo, he is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing.

Mr. Lazaridis is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research. He is a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, and a Governor of the Information Technology Association of Canada. Mr. Lazaridis is also a long-standing member of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and, in May 2003, was installed as its Chancellor.

Mr. Lazaridis supports his community and country through generous philanthropic gifts made possible by his success in business. He has donated $50 million to the University of Waterloo to help establish the Institute for Quantum Computing.

His most noted gift of $100 million established the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Mr. Lazaridis' leadership and tireless effort have generated more than $100 million in additional private and public sector funding for this world center of excellence, based in Waterloo and affiliated with more than 30 Canadian universities. Since its opening in 2001, Perimeter has attracted the attention of the world's scientific community.

Mr. Lazaridis’ engineering and scientific work have been widely recognized. He was honored with The Economist magazine’s Innovation Award in 2007, named an Officer to the Order of Canada in 2006 and was listed on the TIME 100 List of Most Influential People in 2005.

Members of the Morgan Stanley Leadership Award Nominating Committee:
Marvin Adams
President, Fidelity Shared Services
Fidelity Investments
Cristobal I. Conde
President & CEO
Fred Matteson
Managing Director
Alvarez & Marsal Business Consulting, LLC
Dan Morrow
Co-Founder & Principal
Jamestown Exploration Company
Steven L. Sheinheit
Retired CIO
Jon Shirley
Board Director
Matthew J. Szulik
Chairman of the Board
Red Hat
John W. Thompson
Chairman of the Board
Symantec Corporation