ICF Names BlackBerry Founder and Vice Chairman Mike Lazaridis as 2013 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year

ICF Names BlackBerry Founder and Vice Chairman Mike Lazaridis as 2013 
Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/13 --  The Intelligent
Community Forum, a New York-based think tank dedicated to studying
the use of information and communications technology to create 21st
century communities, today named BlackBerry Founder and Vice Chairman
Mike Lazaridis Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year for 2013.  
The Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year Award is presented to
an individual or an organization that has taken a leadership role in
promoting broadband technology and applications as an essential and
transformative utility in the Digital Age.  
Discussing the selection of Mr. Lazaridis, ICF co-founder Lou
Zacharilla said, "Mike is perhaps the only person I can think of who
combines in one lifetime the entire 'triple helix' that we find so
compelling among Intelligent Communities. His historic
entrepreneurial success launched a revolution that has transformed
human interaction with communications and information. His multiple
involvements with the University of Waterloo have helped it become
regarded as one of the world's greatest universities for software and
engineering. However, it is his devotion to doing well and giving
back that is most inspiring. His home city of Waterloo is not a major
metropolis in terms of population, but Mike's vision continues to
make it a major influence on the world's scientific and technological
future, as well as generating prosperity and rich social capital at a
local level." 
In response to the award, Mr. Lazaridis commented, "As Albert
Einstein once said, 'There are only two ways to live your life. One
is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything
is a miracle.' I have chosen to live my life as though everything is
a miracle, from founding a global tech company while still in
university that changed the way the world communicates, to founding
the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for
Quantum Computing in Waterloo that I believe will lead to that region
becoming known as Canada's Quantum Valley. My community, Waterloo,
Ontario, was chosen as Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 and
has benefitted from the best prac
tices shared among the ICF
communities worldwide. I am pleased and humbled by this honor and the
great company it places me in." 
Mr. Lazaridis played a key role in building the iconic smart phone
company BlackBerry (formerly known as Research In Motion) from
scratch in 1984 from a small office on top of a bagel shop. He
founded the firm while still a student at University of Waterloo and
is now known in the global wireless community as a visionary,
innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent with more than 50
patents issued. Lazaridis will retire as a company director and Vice
Chair of the Board of Directors as of May 1, 2013.  
In March of this year Lazaridis co-founded his latest venture, the
Waterloo-based $100 Million Quantum Valley Fund, focusing on
commercializing quantum technology breakthroughs.  
The 2013 Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year also deserves
recognition for his lifetime of contribution to the innovation
ecosystem of his home community of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, which
is also ICF's 2007 Intelligent Community of the Year. In Waterloo,
Mr. Lazaridis has founded two research institutions of international
significance: the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an
independent theoretical physics research institute and the Institute
for Quantum Computing, a research center focused on fundamental
aspects of quantum mechanics and their applications to information
processing which was established within the University of Waterloo.
He has also served as Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, which
awarded him an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.  
More on Mike Lazaridis 
Mr. Lazaridis also holds honorary doctoral degrees from McMaster
University, University of Windsor and Universite Laval. In addition,
he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has been named to
both the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada. He was awarded
Canada's most prestigious innovation prize -- the Ernest C. Manning
Principal Award -- has been listed on the TIME 100 List of Most
Influential People, and was honored as a Globe and Mail
Nation-Builder of the Year. In addition to his many professional and
personal accomplishments, Lazaridis has also been honored with an
Academy Award and an Emmy Award for technical achievements. 
Mr. Lazaridis will deliver the Intelligent Community Visionary of the
Year address at the conclusion of ICF's annual Summit, during ICF's
annual awards luncheon at Abigail Kirsch Stage Six at the Steiner
Studios in Brooklyn, NY, beginning at noon on 7 June. Admission is by
invitation only or by sending an email request to
Past Honorees  
ICF has presented the Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year
award annually since 2005. Previous recipients include Australia's
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,
Senator Stephen Conroy; Finland's former Minister of Communications
Suvi Linden; New Brunswick (Canada) Premier Shawn Graham; Andre
Santini, Mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; Scot Rourke, CEO of
OneCommunity in northeast Ohio; Pedro Cerosola, Mexico's Secretary of
Communications and Transportation; Amirzai Sangin, Communications
Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; and the founders of
Wikia, Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales. 
About Intelligent Community Forum  
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) studies and promotes the best
practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the
demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and
communications technology (ICT). To help communities build prosperous
economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, ICF
conducts research, hosts events, publishes newsletters and produces
its high-profile international awards program. Over more than a
decade, ICF has become an international movement that attracts the
attention of global leaders, thinkers, and media observers. The ICF
Foundation consists of 119 cities and regions that have been
designated as Intelligent Communities by ICF and which participate in
an ongoing global dialogue to strengthen local economies. For more
information, go to www.intelligentcommunity.org 
Intelligent Community Forum Contacts 
Louis Zacharilla
Intelligent Community Forum
Phone: +1-917-715-0711
Email: lzacharilla@intelligentcommunity.org 
Paul Brent
Senior Communications Specialist
market2world communications inc.
Phone: +1-613-256-3939
Email: paul@market2world.com 
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