The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA)
The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is an institute for advanced research, education, and outreach in the fields of global governance and international public policy. As a hub in a global network of scholars, practitioners and students, our mission is to develop new solutions to humanity’s critical problems, to improve global governance now and in the future, and to contribute to enhancing the quality of people’s lives around the world.
Founded in 2007 by philanthropist Jim Balsillie, BSIA is an equal collaboration among the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University. The collaborating institutions bring to BSIA different but complementary strengths, so they have different roles and responsibilities. The two universities employ BSIA faculty and offer BSIA’s academic programs, while CIGI, as a think tank, uses its in-house expertise and its worldwide network of practitioners to help inform and guide BSIA’s outreach and collaborative research. The BSIA is also the home to two research centres with an international profile - the Academic Council for the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC).
The unique integration of the collaborating institutions’ approaches and cultures gives BSIA an unmatched ability to promote vigorous engagement across boundaries of discipline and practice, to connect today’s experts with tomorrow’s leaders in critical debate and analysis, and to achieve—in all its work—the highest standards of excellence.
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank focused on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI's interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world.
CIGI's research programs focus on: global economy, global security & politics and international law. Founded in 2001, CIGI collaborates with several research affiliates and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of funding partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
Delta Waterloo Hotel
UWMG20 is proud to officially announce partnership with Delta Waterloo, which will be helping us package the ultimate delegate experience with 4 days and 3 nights at a 4-star hotel included as an amendment to the delegate fee.
Delta Waterloo is the leading inner city boutique style hotel offering vibrant, stylish and sophisticated hospitality. The contemporary and uniquely designed Delta Waterloo boasts 194 guest rooms and suites, along with technologically advanced meeting and conference facilities. Conveniently located in the heart of Uptown Waterloo, Delta Waterloo is within a short walking distance of CIGI and BSIA, Clay and Glass Gallery and in close proximity to the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. It is also just steps away from boutique shopping, unique restaurants, cafés, bars and entertainment venues.