Balsillie talks business in 'Peg

ADAM WAZNY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie was all business this morning in Winnipeg.

Balsillie, currently engaged in a legal battle with the National Hockey League regarding the purchase and re-location of the Phoenix Coyotes to southern Ontario, spoke to students and faculty at the Asper School of Business on the University of Manitoba campus.

Speaking in broader scope in terms of business, technology, and where the world economic direction is headed, Balsillie avoided questions about the NHL and Winnipeg in his hour-long presentation.

The BlackBerry magnate is in Winnipeg today to speak at a luncheon put on by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian International Council at the Delta hotel.

Later tonight at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Balsillie will receive the 2009 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award (I.D.E.A.) from the Asper school at a black tie dinner.

Balsillie is seeking to purchase the Coyotes out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and move the team to Hamilton's Copps Coliseum as soon as next season. Last month, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would prefer to have the struggling former Winnipeg Jets franchise return to Manitoba.


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