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ADVANC I NG
PER I ME T ER
S
M I SS I ON
ADVANCING PERIMETER’S MISSION
Perimeter Institute’s overarching goal is to achieve scientific breakthroughs that will transform
our future.
This bold venture was initially seeded by major gifts from visionary philanthropists and generous
public support from local, regional, provincial, and federal governments. Since then, donations
from many individuals, corporations, and foundations – as well as continuing support from all
levels of government – have helped Perimeter grow to become one of the world’s leading centres
for theoretical physics, a remarkable accomplishment for an institution that is only a decade old.
Perimeter has set even more ambitious goals for the future. To reach them, advancement efforts
are seeking to broaden the Institute’s base of private support among individuals, corporations,
and foundations.
With this expanded support, Perimeter will:
• Build a critical mass of scientific talent, capable of fostering fundamental breakthroughs in
our understanding
• Attract and train the world’s brightest young research talents
• Build its innovative educational outreach programs, informing and inspiring students,
teachers, and the general public with the power and importance of scientific ideas
PERIMETER
INSTITUTE
LEADERSHIP
COUNCIL
The Perimeter Institute Leadership Council is a group of prominent individuals who volunteer
their time, offer their guidance, and act as ambassadors to the business and philanthropic
communities on Perimeter’s behalf. Led by Board Chair Mike Lazaridis and Vice-Chair Cosimo
Fiorenza, the Leadership Council was established in early 2010. In the 2010-11 fiscal year, the
Council opened some exciting doors for Perimeter.
We are honoured to have this exceptional group of volunteers on board, and we would like to
thank the Leadership Council for their support and hard work.
It was 1999 and Mike Lazaridis
was considering ways in which
a single philanthropic investment
might change the world.
For him, the target for that
investment was clear: it had to be
theoretical physics. The capital
costs are modest, because the
human mind is both the most
powerful piece of scientific
equipment we possess and the
least expensive to operate.
Moreover, what other field has the
history of transforming the world
as physics has? What other field
has the near certainty of doing it
again?
Lazaridis’ vision quickly attracted
public and philanthropic
support, and Perimeter grew
rapidly.
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC and The Hubble
Heritage Team (STScl/AURA)