CIGI Partnership

The Institute Forms Long-Term Partnership with CIGI

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Institute for New Economic Thinking are pleased to announce a new partnership aimed at furthering their complementary missions.

CIGI, founded and chaired by director and co-CEO of Research in Motion (or "RIM," the company that created the Blackberry smartphone) Jim Balsillie will provide $25 million (CAD) over five years to joint CIGI-Institute activities.

Both organizations are committed to broadening and accelerating the development of innovative thinking that will lead to insights and solutions for the great economic and governance challenges of the 21st century.

Under the new partnership, the Institute's activities — including the grants and campus outreach — would be extended to Canada. As well, CIGI and the Institute are exploring a joint conference on the global economy to be held at CIGI’s headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. As the partnership develops, CIGI and the Institute will consider additional joint activities to further their common mission.

Download a PDF of the press release announcing the partnership here.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the partnership can be found here.

You can also read more about the main people involved in creating the partnership: CIGI founder and Chair Jim Balsillie, CIGI Executive Director Tom Bernes, Institute for New Economic Thinking Founding Sponsor George Soros and Institute President Rob Johnson. See a list of bios here.

About CIGI

Founded in 2001, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance challenges. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI aims to anticipate emerging trends in international governance and to strengthen multilateral responses to the world’s most pressing problems. CIGI advances policy ideas and debate by conducting studies, forming networks and convening scholars, practitioners and policy makers.

By operating an active program of publications, events, conferences and workshops, CIGI builds capacity to effect change in international public policy. CIGI is advised by an International Advisory Board. The organization is housed in the historic former Seagram Museum building in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded by Research In Motion (RIM) co-CEO and philanthropist Jim Balsillie, who also serves as CIGI’s chair. CIGI is funded by private and public donations. It gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Go to CIGI's website to learn more.


CIGI strives to be the world’s leading think tank on international governance, with recognized impact on significant global problems.


CIGI will build bridges from knowledge to power, conducting world-leading research and analysis, and influencing policy makers to innovate.


CIGI believes that better international governance can improve the lives of people everywhere, by increasing prosperity, ensuring global sustainability, addressing inequality and safeguarding human rights and promoting a more secure world.