Karima Bawa is a CIGI senior fellow, effective April 2014. She is currently leading a project that examines current intellectual property (IP) regimes and how long-term policies and supporting structures can be adapted to optimize Canadian university-driven IP.
Prior to her role at CIGI, Karima was the chief legal officer and general counsel at Research In Motion (BlackBerry). In the twelve years she served at Research In Motion, she was a valued member of the senior leadership team and oversaw a global legal team. She was also a member of various strategic and operational senior management committees. One of her key responsibilities was to oversee critical and multi-jurisdictional intellectual property litigation that threatened the ongoing operations of the company. Karima has also engaged with various government entities during her tenure at Research In Motion and thereafter, to improve the patent system, particularly as it relates to patent reform.
Karima is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU’s) executive M.B.A. program, and Bachelor of Science program. She also attained a law degree from the University of British Columbia, and is currently enrolled in the Rotman Directors Education Program. Karima is also actively engaged in the Vancouver Community in various ways including as a member of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation Board.