The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

April 18, 2008 10:43 ET

Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research In Motion to Speak at The Canadian Press Annual Dinner May 8 in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) -

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The digital age has brought about an evolution in news gathering, allowing Canadians to access information anytime, anywhere with a variety of devices. The Canadian Press delivers credible, comprehensive news reporting from across the country and around the world in multiple formats and is leading the move to digital news in Canada.

On May 8th, Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), developer and manufacturer of the BlackBerry, will be the guest speaker at The Canadian Press annual dinner at the Metro East Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre.

About our guest speaker:

Jim Balsillie is Co-CEO of one of Canada's most successful businesses, Research In Motion. RIM is responsible for the development and manufacture of the BlackBerry smartphone. Under Mr. Balsillie's co-stewardship, RIM now has a market value of over $50 billion and 14 million customers and counting.

Mr. Balsillie and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis were included on TIME Magazine's list of Most Influential People in 2005 and were awarded the first ever Co-CEO distinction by Caldwell Partners, an award that recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement by a Canadian Chief Executive Officer.

While he is a wildly successful entrepreneur, Balsillie has donated millions to various initiatives to stimulate debate on global issues. He founded the Balsillie School of International Affairs. In 2002, he founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a world-class think tank focused on the restructuring of international governance, with particular emphasis on financial and economic institutions.

Last year, Balsillie announced the creation of the new Canadian International Council (CIC) and serves as its chair. The C-I-C's goal is to become Canada's council on foreign relations and to generate groundbreaking thinking, innovative ideas and creative approaches for our foreign policy future.

Jim Balsillie is a Graduate of the University of Toronto and the Harvard School of Business. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds several Honorary Degrees. Balsillie is also an avid hockey fan.

About our event:

For more than five decades, The Canadian Press Annual Dinner has been a prestigious forum for renowned - and sometimes controversial - speakers. It has been a much-anticipated event where the leaders of Canada's newspapers, broadcasters, magazines and online sites hear directly from those who shape the country and the world.

It has hosted prime ministers, governors general, media moguls, business leaders, famed journalists and international diplomats. From Pierre Trudeau to Robert Kennedy to Conrad Black, they have made remarks ranging from insightful to outrageous, humorous to touching, and sometimes even prophetic.

The Canadian Press is a not-for-profit co-operative owned by a wide cross-section of the news media and set up under a charter of Parliament. It fills a vital role as an independent institution serving the country's entire news system.

This year's dinner will be held May 8 at the Metro East Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle Convention Centre, located at One Harbour Square, Toronto.

Reception: 6:15 p.m. - Conference Centre reception area

Speech and Dinner: 7:15 p.m. in the Metro East Ballroom.

To arrange media coverage, including technical requirements, contact Supervising Editor - Audio Rose Kingdon at 416-507-2176 or rose.kingdon@thecanadianpress.com

To order individual tickets or reserve tables of 10, please contact Sharon Hockin at 416-507-2137 or sharon.hockin@thecanadianpress.com.

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