14 Facts About Mike Lazaridis


Mihal "Mike" Lazaridis was born on March 14,1961 and is a Canadian businessman, investor in quantum computing technologies, and founder of BlackBerry, which created and manufactured the BlackBerry wireless handheld device.


Mike Lazaridis served in various positions including co-chairman and co-CEO of BlackBerry from 1984 to 2012 and Board Vice Chair and Chair of the Innovation Committee from 2012 to 2013.


Mike Lazaridis is a former chancellor of the University of Waterloo, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Mike Lazaridis was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Pontic Greek parents, Nick and Dorothy Mike Lazaridis with original lineage to the island of Chios.


Mike Lazaridis was five years old when his family moved to Canada in 1966, settling in Windsor, Ontario.


In 1984, Mike Lazaridis responded to a request for proposal from General Motors to develop a network computer control display system.


Mike Lazaridis dropped out of university that year, just two months before he was scheduled to graduate.


In 2000, Mike Lazaridis founded and donated more than $170 million to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.


On October 21,1999, Mike Lazaridis received an honorary doctor of engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, and in June 2003, he became its eighth chancellor.


Mike Lazaridis was listed on Maclean's Honour Roll as a distinguished Canadian in 2000 and named Canada's Nation Builder of the Year for 2002 by readers of The Globe and Mail newspaper.


Father of what has become known as the smartphone, Mike Lazaridis is recognized in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator and engineer of extraordinary talent.


Mike Lazaridis is the founder of RIM and the creator of the BlackBerry.


Mike Lazaridis received an Academy Award in 1999 for technical achievements relating to the creation of a high-speed barcode reader used in film editing.


Mike Lazaridis is portrayed in the 2023 film BlackBerry by Jay Baruchel.