The Intelligent Community Forum has named name BlackBerry Founder and ex-CEO Mike Lazaridis as their Visionary of the Year for 2013.  This award is given to an individual or organization that has had a leading role in the promotion of broadband technology and applications as an essential and transformative utility in the Digital Age.

Mike Lazaridis was selected as the person to make secure real-time push-email communications possible on wireless devices for the first time.  ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla said:

“Mike is perhaps the only person I can think of who combines in one lifetime the entire ‘triple helix’ that we find so compelling among Intelligent Communities. His historic entrepreneurial success launched a revolution that has transformed human interaction with communications and information. His multiple involvements with the University of Waterloo have helped it become regarded as one of the world’s greatest universities for software and engineering. However, it is his devotion to doing well and giving back that is most inspiring. His home city of Waterloo is not a major metropolis in terms of population, but Mike’s vision continues to make it a major influence on the world’s scientific and technological future, as well as generating prosperity and rich social capital at a local level.”

We all know Lazaridis played a key role in building BlackBerry. He founded the firm when he was a student at University of Waterloo and is now known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent with more than 50 patents issued. This was a well deserved award, we send our congratulations to Mike Lazaridis.