Balsillie left Canadian-based RIM, the maker of BlackBerry, in March 2012 amid shareholder criticism over the company's poor performance in recent years. Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis also stepped down, butin May. Since leaving the company, Balsillie .
He is contracted to stay in his new position, chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, for five years. The agency, established in 2001, received $235 million in funding from the Canadian government this year to focus on projects that address climate change and environmental issues.