Fast Future


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

John Chen is Executive Chairman of BlackBerry’s Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. A distinguished and proven leader in the technology industry, prior to joining BlackBerry, he served as Chairman and CEO of Sybase Inc. from 1997 for 15 years, where he developed and led the company’s re-invention from a mature, slower-growth technology company into a $1.5 billion-plus high-growth innovator. Under his direction, Sybase became the leading provider of enterprise mobility and mobile commerce solutions, achieving 55 consecutive quarters of profitability. John previously held a series of executive positions at Siemens Nixdorf, Pyramid Technology Corp., Unisys and Burroughs Corp, where he started his career as an engineer. He graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and holds a master's in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology. He is actively involved in international relations and has testified before Congress on U.S.–China trade relations. John serves on the board of directors for The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo & Co. He is active in the not-for-profit community, and is also a trustee of Caltech, member of CFR, national trustee of The First Tee and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony.

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