Wilfrid Laurier University names business school for Mike Lazaridis
A Waterloo, Ont., business school will be named for entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis, already a major investor in the region’s ambitions to become a global player in technology innovation.
At an event on Tuesday in Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University will name its school of business and economics – and a new $103-million campus building opening next year to house the school and the university’s math department – for Mr. Lazaridis, co-founder of Research In Motion. The recognition follows an announcement last spring of his pledge of $20-million for a new technology-focused management institute at the Laurier business school that also will bear his name. The Ontario government has pledged $15-million.
Long associated with the University of Waterloo, Mr. Lazaridis says he was impressed by Laurier’s “strong” business school. He also lauded what he called its co-operative education program (half of the school’s 4,200 undergraduates work for industry as part of their degree) and the focus of its dean, Micheál Kelly, on turning out graduates with high-tech management skills. Read More…