When someone sits down to write the history of Waterloo Region in the early 21st century, that person will describe a time of electrifying change, growth and prosperity, a time when this part of Canada became world-renowned for cutting edge technology, fearless innovation and advanced thought. And when that history is duly written, one of the most prominent names in it will be that of Research In Motion billionaire Jim Balsillie.

Already famous as a business leader and philanthropist of the first order, Balsillie showed yesterday why he is both of those things but, as well, a passionate intellectual, a visionary...

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