A graduate of Computer Engineering in 1985, Anand has had a number of jobs in his professional career, including working on a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence in the late 80’s. He wound up at a small company in Waterloo named RIM in 1992, where he stayed for 18 years, helping to revolutionize the way we communicate with the development of the BlackBerry Smartphone. At some point during the explosive growth, he became a technical team lead, with numerous responsibilities, including managing a team of developers working alongside him on the project. With only limited training in management, he found applying management techniques to his team to be ineffective. Anand was demoted back to a development role, as he was not accomplishing the management required. For someone who had never failed in his career, Anand found this to be devastating. When the chance for a leadership role came again, he took the learning of his failure, and became a well-respected leader with high integrity. Excellent technical skills were one thing, but learning how to lead with ethics and integrity was critical to his success at RIM, other technical companies, and recently as President of his Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.