John Chen listed as one of Canada's top 50 most powerful business people

By Bla1ze on 21 Aug 2014 12:21 pm EDT

John Chen wasn't exactly an unknown before he accepted position as CEO at BlackBerry but since joining the company he's been tossed into the spotlight even further and has people paying attention to BlackBerry and what he might be doing next. Over at Canadian Business, they've now released their 'Canada's 50 Most Powerful Business People' list and perhaps, it's no surprise John Chen is in the top 10 coming in at 8.

CEO, BlackBerry - Has us cheering for Canada's tech darling once again

The nation's hopes of reclaiming its place as a global technology powerhouse rest with BlackBerry CEO John Chen. The country has plenty of other successful tech firms, of course, but none as exciting, influential or groundbreaking as BlackBerry once was. The company is the symbolic (if arrhythmia-stricken) heart of the country's tech sector, and Chen is galvanizing support for it again. He's put BlackBerry on track to serve a small but potentially lucrative niche of business clients and brought more focus to the company than it's had in years. If he keeps it up, Chen could allow us to regain our bragging rights as an innovation hot spot.

Joining the BlackBerry CEO at number 6 is Fairfax Financial Holdings CEO and BlackBerry investor Prem Watsa who the publication notes as being 'one of the country's savviest investors' noting 'he tripled his money earlier this year after selling part of his stake in the Bank of Ireland. It's no surprise that when Watsa speaks, the market listens.'

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John Chen listed as one of Canada's top 50 most powerful business people


I like what Watsa did. "I'll sink money into this but we're gonna do it my way". That's the kind of balls BlackBerry needed.

I agree... brrrrrdddd!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureever

brown nosing .. with an underdog company with no benefit than his own investment?
where exactly do you come off man?

Didn't take long for John to skyrocket up that list did it? Awesome. - C00012735/ Mike Garson Photography - C00471EA8

This is good news. Love the positive press. However I was a bigger fan of what Thorsten myself!

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Thorsten Heins also won Cantech Letter TSX Executive of the Year award and the market share still shrunk to almost nothing.

I could be wrong but before Chen's position at Blackberry he has absolutely nothing contributed to the Canadian economy. Yes, he is CEO but I think there should be other people in front of him.

Last figures I saw were that Blackberry has 79 million users worldwide. Granted they have only a small share of the US market and that is something that is quite mind boggling to me. If Obama is required to use a Blackberry, and Angela Merkel and all of Germany's Cabinet officials use Blackberrys, and David Cameron just got press this week for stating he can run the UK from his Blackberry while on vacation, and all 7 of the G-7 use a Blackberry, as do 16 of the G-20, then why would anyone settle for anything less?

What's with the "small niche business" part. Small and insignificant would describe this list.

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That's awesome news but I want to see him at 1st place...don't give me grief for saying that...I mean it!

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Awesome news! Congrats to John Chen and team BlackBerry, for doing an amazing job of bringing positive light and enthusiasm, to the Blackberry community. The world IS watching!

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Woods are deep lovely and green
But mike's to go, before going to sleep..
...and miles to go....
He still has work in progress....

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Umm ... I would assume that people in Canada's top business men would be Canadian. Isn't John Chen American? I haven't seen the list of people on the list, but we might as well throw Warren Buffet and maybe even Bernie Maydoff. :)

Born in Hong Kong but moved to the US when he was a little boy - raised and educated in the US. He's American.

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The guy should be 1 in my opinion. To do what he has done in the period of time that he has done it in, is the new definition of the word "feat"

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I will hold off judgment. Until I see the user base increase, a market share increase and most importantly a sustained profit, then I am not going to toot the Chen horn. However, he does seem to be getting there.

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#6 and #8 Prem and Chen in the top 10 what you need in life are winning people to get things done. We have had no luck with thor but it's not about luck,just buy some stock already

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Canada's top 50 most powerful business people must be a joke.

When JC – BBRY hostile shareholder's puppet – is listed.

Wow prem tripled his money on Bank of Ireland, curious what his investment in that was way to lazy to Google it lol.

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Ya have to admire a ceo who takes on the hard jobs. I respect the guy for that alone. BlackBerry was in trouble when Chen took over and he's steered it in a more sustainable direction. Double marks.

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Nice, an American being one of the top business me. Also considering he's still living and working from Northern Cali makes it even better.

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Chen has undoubtedly had a much more positive effect on BlackBerry than Thorsten Heinz Ketchup ever had...

Chen sure has his work cut out as BlackBerry is still a long way from being alright. But if he keeps his wits and a cool head, delivering strong and steady leadership coupled with an understanding of the present situation and a clear vision for the future, he should be ok!

BlackBerry is like a patient who was on life support in the ICU and has now been moved out into the critical care ward, meaning it's still touch and go but definitely more stable...

Mr. Chen must keep his feet on the road and forge ahead...nothing else to do...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

And of course he would be. He's taken BlackBerry and given it life again. I believe in this guy so much. Even if BlackBerry fails here in the united states, I am so proud to be a part of BlackBerry, because I know that this dude will not go without a fight.

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Keep the news coming, keep blackberry productive John Chen!! :)

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