Jim Balsillie, best known for his high-tech company and his failed attempts to buy a hockey team, is emerging as a force in the study of foreign policy in Canada, opening his wallet for the second time this summer for a major research effort and asking other corporate leaders to do the same.

The co-founder of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has been on the phone to the country's corporate elite this summer, playing rainmaker for a new think tank that will operate out of the University of Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies. His pitch: Canada needs to do more...

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