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BlackBerry is proud of its heritage, proudly Canadian, and honoured to be inducted into Canada’s Technology Fast 50 Hall of Fame. A reflection of our employees’ dedication and passion, the Technology Fast 50 is a celebration of Canada’s best, brightest, and fastest-growing tech companies that has for twenty years recognized forward-thinking companies that stand at the cutting edge of innovation.

In fact, BlackBerry has made the Technology Fast 50 list for 16 of the past 20 years, more than twice the placements of any other company.

As storied as our history has been, we are only just getting started and have even more important work ahead of us. Today we are fulfilling our mission to secure and mobilize the Enterprise of Things by protecting all of the endpoints so that we can help to safeguard our connected future.

Here’s to the past, present and future!

– John

About John Chen

As Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Limited, John Chen is responsible for defining the company’s vision and goals, setting its strategy, and ensuring the team’s execution matches corporate objectives. Appointed in November 2013, John has led BlackBerry through a successful pivot from hardware icon to software leader. Today the company is poised to leverage its brand strength and heritage in mobile security along with its enterprise cybersecurity and embedded software growth engines to accelerate into the Enterprise of Things, an emerging category with billions of connected devices and massive market potential.

John has more than 30 years of engineering and management experience including serving as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. along with executive roles at Siemens Nixdorf, Pyramid Technology Corp., Unisys, and Burroughs Corp.

John graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In addition to BlackBerry, John serves on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company in addition to several non-profits and previously served on the board of directors for Wells Fargo, CIT Group Inc., Beyond.com, Niku Corporation, Wafer Technology, and Turbolinux.

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