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Perimeter Institute is an independent not-for-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of
Directors drawn from the private sector and academic community. The Board is the final authority
on all matters related to the general structure and development of the Institute.
Financial planning, accountability, and investment strategy are carried out by the Board’s
Investment and Finance & Audit Committees. The Board also forms other committees as required
to assist it in discharging its duties. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Institute’s Director is
a pre-eminent scientist responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategic direction
of the Institute. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports to the Director and is in charge of day-
to-day operations. Support for the COO is provided by a team of administrative staff.
The Institute’s resident scientists play an active role in scientific operational issues via participation
on various committees in charge of scientific programs. Committee chairs report to the Director.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), composed of eminent scientists drawn from the
international community, is an integral oversight body, created to assist the Board of Directors and
the Director to ensure objectivity and a high standard of scientific excellence.
Mike Lazaridis, O.C., O.Ont., Chair, is Founder, Board Vice-Chair and Chair, Innovation Committee
of Research In Motion Limited (RIM). A visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent, he
was instrumental in launching the smartphone revolution with the BlackBerry
. He is the recipient
of many technology and business awards, and the Order of Canada.
Donald W. Campbell is the senior strategy advisor at Davis LLP. Prior to joining Davis, he
was Executive Vice-President of CAE Inc., where he led the company’s worldwide government
procurement activities. Mr. Campbell joined CAE after a distinguished career with Canada’s
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, including serving as Canada’s Ambassador
to Japan.
Cosimo Fiorenza, Vice-Chair, is the Vice-President and General Counsel of the Infinite Potential
Group. He is actively involved at several public and private non-profit and charitable institutions
in addition to Perimeter Institute, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Institute for