The Balsillie School of International Affairs is an independent academic institution devoted to the study of international affairs and global governance. The school will assemble a critical mass of extraordinary experts to understand, explain and shape the ideas that will create effective global governance. Through its graduate programs, the school will cultivate an interdisciplinary learning environment that develops knowledge of international issues from the core disciplines of political science, economics, history, and environmental studies and other related disciplines. The Balsillie School was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and is a collaborative partnership among CIGI, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.

The Balsillie School of International Affairs is taking its place among the elite programs for international study and engagement in the world. Building on current research activities and graduate programming, the Balsillie School has special interest in the mobilization of government and global institutional resources to address major crises.

Programs are currently housed on the two local campuses and the building plans are well under way for a campus on the land adjacent to CIGI, between Father David Bauer Drive, Caroline Street, and Erb Street in Waterloo. The construction costs of the new buildings will be shared, and CIGI will operate the facility.