Jim Balsillie donates $50 million to non-hockey-based excellence

In Waterloo, where all the billionaires are philanthropists, Jim Balsillie today donated $50 million to match donations from the federal and Ontario governments to create the Balsillie Centre of Excellence. This will work with his Centre on International Governance Innovation and Canadian International Council to ensure the Kitchener-Waterloo region remains a world leader in creating vaguely exciting names for think tanks. The news release announcing the Centre contains few details, although we can report the new thing will engage in “networking, capacity-building and knowledge sharing” and that it will look like this:

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