A bright light on the horizon: New Campus opens in grand fashion

Sep 22 2011 in Features by Steven Kearse, Reporter

The Second CIGI Building, housing the Balsillie School of International Affaires

The Second CIGI Building, housing the Balsillie School of International Affaires

In 2001, The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a global governance think tank, was established inside the Seagram Distillery Museum at 57 Erb Street West in Uptown Waterloo.

As CIGI marks its tenth anniversary, a second, neighbouring building (TOP) was opened on Sept. 16, 2011, which will house the more recently established Balsillie School of International Affaires (BSIA).

RIM Executive Jim Balsillie, Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, and BSIA Director David Welch, were all on hand to open CIGI’s new wing (ABOVE).Balsillie, who donated $100 million towards the new initiative, spoke about his deep concern for the state of international affairs and his hope that the new campus will create an academic sanctuary for students of government.

Canadian musician K’Naan (BOTTOM) was also present and performed three songs, including the internationally acclaimed “Wavin’ Flag”, and took the time to discuss what role institutions like CIGI might take in helping countries in crisis, including his native Somalia.