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Jim Balsillie: bringing Canada to the world and the world to Canada

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Do they come any better than Jim Balsillie?

If you're looking for Canada Day inspiration, look no further than the turbo-charged innovator with a billion-dollar budget, a heart that beats for the country and a global conscience.

We know of the roaring success of his company, Research In Motion. It just reported its first billion-dollar sales quarter. Profits have jumped 73 per cent. It will ship its 20 millionth little piece of Canada - the BlackBerry - this summer. But the 46-year-old Southern Ontario native isn't stopping there. Last week, he put up $33-million to create Canada's biggest school of international affairs, something that one day might rival the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton or gain the clout of the Kennedy School at Harvard.

The school is to be a breeding ground for ideas for our governments and other governments. It will fill a big gap at the student level, where the demand for foreign studies has been ramping up. "It's an ...

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