Minister Oliver Announces New Chair of the Board of Directors of Sustainable
Development Technology Canada
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/13 -- The Honourable Joe
Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the
appointment of James Laurence Balsillie as the Chair of the Board of
Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). Mr.
Balsillie will serve as Chair on a part-time basis for a term of five
"Mr. Balsillie's extensive accomplishments as an entrepreneur and
innovator mean he will be a superb contributor to the development of
innovative energy and environmental technology solutions," said
"I am honoured to accept the role of Chair of SDTC's Board of
Directors," said Mr. Balsillie. "SDTC plays an important role in
supporting innovative clean technologies, and I look forward to
continuing the great work that is being achieved through this
organization and offering my experience in commercializing new
technologies and growing them globally."
Mr. Balsillie has over 20 years of experience at the senior executive
level. He is the co-founder and former co-CEO of Research in Motion
(BlackBerry), and the founder and current Chair of the Centre for
International Governance Innovation.
SDTC is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of
Canada in 2001 to support projects that develop and demonstrate new
technologies to promote sustainable development. SDTC's work is an
important part of the Government's commitment to create high-quality
jobs for Canadians and promote innovation in Canada's economy.
"As the global economy becomes more competitive, Canada must continue
to nurture the highly skilled individuals and new ideas that will
help our businesses innovate, secure new markets and create
well-paying jobs," said Minister Oliver. "By supporting advanced
research and technology, the government is choosing to invest in the
current and future prosperity of Canadians and a cleaner
Under Economic Action Plan 2013, the Harper Government is allocating
$325 million over eight years to SDTC to continue support for the
development and demonstration of new, clean technologies.
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