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Mike Lazaridis
CO-FOUNDER ANDPUBLISHER,
MANAGING PARTNER
TWICE MAGAZINE
QUANTUM(1947
VALLEY
-0000)
INVESTMENTS (1961-)

n March 2013, Mike
Lazaridis and Doug
Fregin established the
Quantum Valley Investment
Fund in Waterloo, Canada, to
provide financial and intellectual
capital for the development and
commercialization of quantum
physics and quantum computing
breakthroughs. The initial size
of the fund, which is backed by
Lazaridis and Fregin, is $100 million.
For more than a decade,
Lazaridis and Fregin have worked
to bring together in Waterloo
the best and brightest minds
from around the world in physics,
engineering, mathematics,
computer science and materials
science to collaborate on cuttingedge quantum research. The
Quantum Valley Investment
Fund is designed to provide the
financial and intellectual capital
needed to transform ideas and
early-stage breakthroughs into
commercially viable products,
technologies and services.
"The technologies that are
being developed in Waterloo
will shape the 21st Century even
more than the digital revolution
changed the world in the 20th
Century," Lazaridis said. "And
just as the discoveries and
innovations at Bell Labs led to the
companies that created Silicon
Valley, so will the discoveries and
innovations at research centers
in Waterloo transform the region
into an area known as 'The
Quantum Valley.'"

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Mike Lazaridis is co-founder of
BlackBerry (formerly Research
in Motion), creator of the BlackBerry
smartphone, and co-founder
and managing partner of Quantum
Valley Investments.

Lazaridis is not alone in his
belief that work being undertaken
on quantum technologies in
Waterloo will have a wide-ranging
impact. During the dedication
in fall 2012 of the new QuantumNano Centre at the University
of Waterloo, funded by Michael
and Ophelia Lazaridis, Stephen
Hawking said, "This institution
will advance our understanding
of matter and movement,
illuminating deep mysteries with
the light of scientific discovery."
Dr. Hawking is the Lucasian
Professor of Mathematics at
Cambridge University, a position
first held by Sir Isaac Newton,
and regarded as the leading
theoretical physicist of our time.

In addition to founding
the Quantum-Nano Centre,
Lazaridis established in 2000
the Perimeter Institute for
Theoretical Physics (PI), where
he serves as Board Chair. PI has
been widely recognized as a
leading international centre
for Physics research, training
and outreach. His efforts
have also helped generate
important private and public
sector funding in support of the
Institute. Lazaridis also founded
The Institute for Quantum
Computing (IQC) at the
University of Waterloo. He has
donated more than $170 million
to Perimeter, and more than
$100 million to IQC.

In 1984, Lazaridis and Fregin
co-founded BlackBerry (formerly
Research In Motion). They
invented the BlackBerry device,
created the smartphone industry,
and built Canada's largest global
tech business. Lazaridis served
in various positions including
co-chairman and co-CEO of
RIM from 1984 to 2012 and
board vice chair and chair of the
Innovation Committee from 2012
to May 1st, 2013. He is a Fellow
of both the Royal Societies of
London and Canada, and has
been named to both the Order
of Ontario and Order of Canada.
He was awarded Canada's most
prestigious innovation prize - the
Ernest C. Manning Principal
Award - listed on Maclean's
Honour Roll as a distinguished
Canadian in 2000 after opening
Perimeter, named as one of
TIME's 100 Most Influential People,
and honored as a Globe and Mail
Nation-Builder of the Year.
Lazaridis holds honorary
doctoral degree in Engineering
from the University of Waterloo
(where he formerly served as
Chancellor), as well as a doctor
of Laws McMaster University,
University of Windsor and
Université Laval. In addition to his
many professional and personal
accomplishments, Lazaridis also
won an Academy Award and
an Emmy Award for technical
achievements in the movie and
TV industries for developing a
high-speed bar-code reader that
greatly increased the speed of
editing film.

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