The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises has a national mandate to help the next generation of Canadian technology companies scale into global leaders.

Created in 2015 with investments by Mike Lazaridis and the Government of Ontario, we support growth-oriented Canadian technology companies to scale and remain in Canada. Our approach is hands on and practical; you won’t find a lot of unproven theories here. We are interested in the action of knowledge, applying what works in the real world, imparted by people who have actually lived the experience of scaling a successful, international company.

This will be a world-class institute designed to ensure that Canadian technology companies have the management talent and knowledge to compete in global markets.

Micheál Kelly,
Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
at Wilfrid Laurier University

Interior of Lazaridis Hall, home of the Lazaridis Institute

Interior of Lazaridis Hall, home of the Lazaridis Institute


Our Impact

The Lazaridis Institute is focused on solving a specific national challenge – the need for more globally competitive technology companies in Canada. Our approach to this complex problem is three-fold:

Canadian Technology Companies

We support Canadian technology companies in reaching their next level of growth, through world-class programs like the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program, front line programs like the Tech Sales Apprenticeship, and a global network of business and technology experts who provide mentorship, connections and valuable experience.

Groundbreaking Research

We conduct insightful research, always looking to develop new knowledge about innovation, management and disruption as it relates to technology companies.

Empowering Students

As part of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, we are creating direct links between international research, best practices in global scaling and curriculum to empower students with the knowledge they need to make a difference in emerging companies after they graduate.

The Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

The Lazaridis Institute is a proud part of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, one of the most prestigious and selective business schools in Canada. The Lazaridis School is located at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Our History

The Lazaridis EMTM

The Lazaridis Executive Master’s in Technology Management (Lazaridis EMTM) is a Master of Science degree in Management. Located in Waterloo, part of Canada’s tech hub, it’s designed to prepare up-and-coming executives in technology companies and technology-adept organizations to face ever-growing complexity, global competition and disruption.

Offered in an 11-month alternating weekend format, the Lazaridis EMTM provides a work-integrated approach that addresses the overlapping worlds of business and technology.