Nova Scotia’s Information Technology (IT) industry is welcoming Research In Motion (RIM), as the company has chosen Halifax as a location of growth with a new 1200-person technical support operations centre.
RIM is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. BlackBerry® is the world leading wireless enterprise solution developed by RIM that keeps mobile professionals connected to people and information.
The company’s expansion was announced today by the Honourable Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and MP (Halifax West); the Honourable Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and MP (Kings–Hants); Nova Scotia’s Economic Development Minister Ernest Fage; Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of Research In Motion Ltd., and Stephen Lund, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI).
"RIM is a signature company for Canadian technology operating a global business from its growing home base in Waterloo, Ontario, and now its new sister city of Halifax," said Minister Regan. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support the company’s commitment to grow here in Nova Scotia."
"Today’s announcement marks a significant addition to Nova Scotia’s already thriving IT and business community," said Minister Brison. "We’re proud to be partners with a leading Canadian company such as RIM and a key industry sector in Nova Scotia and proud to have assisted RIM realize its innovative vision for wireless communications."
The Province of Nova Scotia is supporting the company by investing a maximum $14-million performance-based payroll rebate and a $5-million financial package including recruitment and training incentives.
"RIM has recognized that Halifax enjoys a vibrant and creative IT community and offers an excellent home for its exciting growth potential," said Minister Fage. "RIM’s expansion into the province adds to the impressive global activity underway with our highly skilled IT workers and companies in Nova Scotia."
Since launching BlackBerry® in 1999, RIM’s customer base has grown to over 4 million BlackBerry® subscribers and is supported on carrier networks around the world.
"Halifax is an excellent fit for RIM and we look forward to recruiting the local team as soon as possible," said Mr. Balsillie. "RIM believes Nova Scotia’s strong post-secondary research environment and talented IT labour pool will be instrumental in fueling our progress."
RIM’s Halifax operations will begin in 2006 with RIM hiring up to 1200 full-time IT positions over a five-year period. These IT professionals will enjoy RIM’s competitive salary and benefits package while being part of a dynamic company that has created one of the world’s most compelling and rapidly adopted technologies.
"NSBI, on behalf of the business and IT communities in Nova Scotia is proud to welcome RIM to the province," said Mr. Lund. "The reason leading companies like RIM are choosing Nova Scotia is simple: world-class people and competitive business advantages for IT growth."
Backgrounder on Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com .