The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

March 16, 2010 12:51 ET

CIGI Launches Video Blog for Balsillie Campus

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) launched a video blog today, entitled Building for the Future, which will serve as an engaging platform for continuous coverage of and insight into the Balsillie Campus while it undergoes construction.

Building for the Future will provide a full range of topics surrounding the Balsillie Campus, from inspiration to building design and new construction technology, as well as faculty, student and community perspectives.

The first video blog of the series features Jim Balsillie, founder of the campus and co-CEO of Research In Motion, who discusses his motivation for creating the campus and how it will contribute to global leadership.

Subsequent videos will be posted on the first Monday of each month and will feature key individuals involved with the project, including interviews with Bill Cooper, president of Cooper Construction, the contractor for the project; Bruce Kuwabara and Shirley Blumberg of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in Toronto; as well as others. Mr. Cooper describes the project as one of the most exciting of his career, and discusses the challenges the space has presented and how Canadians are going to be "wowed and proud" with the end result.

After the Balsillie Campus video blog launch, all video blog entries will be archived and accessible to the public at After viewing the video, visitors to the site are invited to post a comment.

Under CIGI's leadership and direction, the Balsillie Campus will create resources and facilities to run programs of studies in partnership with the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and other universities in Canada and internationally. The campus will house several schools and programs, including the already established Balsillie School of International Affairs.

For more information about the Balsillie Campus construction, visit:

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit:

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