John Chen

The Waterloo Innovation Summit, a partnership between the University of Waterloo and Communitech, to bring together the top business, academic and policy decision-makers from the Waterloo ecosystem is now well underway and there are a number of Fireside Chats that have been planned from September 16 through September 18. Taking part in one in alongside Cary Burch, Senior Vice President of Innovation for Thomson Reuters, is BlackBerry CEO John Chen on September 17 at 11:00-11:45 EDT.

BlackBerry created the smartphone market, the reality that now dominates modern communications. From Waterloo-based startup to global phenomenon, BlackBerry has enjoyed relationships with innovation ecosystems around the world. John Chen is ideally suited to talk about the dynamics between a large firm and a local innovation ecosystem.

If you're lucky enough to attend, the session will take place at the University of Waterloo's Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre but if you're unable to attend, you can follow along with the discussions via the University of Waterloo Twitter account or by following the hashtag #WINS15.

Learn more about the Waterloo Innovation Summit and view the full agenda