In what has become standard procedure for RIM’s co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis has donated an additional $50 million to the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo’s center for theoretical physics, bringing his total contribution levels to a whopping $150 million (Lazaridis donated an initial $100 million to help found the center in 2000).
“These are exciting times in science, and we have the good fortune to propel new ideas right here in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,” he said. “It is an important mission I feel passionate about and wish to support.”
Lazaridis made the private donation Wednesday evening just prior to a public lecture at the institute. Mikey, listen: we think it’s a great thing you’re doing here forwarding scientific discovery (and using RIM’s proximity to the Perimeter Institute to capitalize on that discovery), but if all you wanted was a lecture gig, you should have just come here. We would have gladly let you give a lecture at BBCool HQ for a cool mill, no questions asked (in unmarked ones, preferably). Call us.