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Thanks to Grant Courville for taking the time to talk to us. 

Interview with Grant Courville, VP, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX

As Vice President, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX, BlackBerry, Grant is responsible for managing the company’s global product portfolio and strategy for the automotive and general embedded markets. Grant has over 25 years of experience in the embedded industry and is a recognized leader and spokesperson for connected and autonomous car technology and trends. In his 20+ years with QNX, he has held a variety of leadership roles in engineering, marketing and services. Grant also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the Ontario Center of Excellence Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (OCE AVIN), the Invest Ottawa Global Expansion committee and the Ottawa L5 steering committee among others.

We’ve had a strong relationship with the folks at TU-Automotive for several years and always put forth an entry whenever we feel we have a product or solution that’s pushed the boundaries and is worthy of industry attention. The TU-Automotive Awards are amongst the most prestigious and anticipated awards in the connected car industry and as anyone who has attended TU-Automotive Detroit the past few years can attest, the level of competition has never been higher. We’ve had a phenomenal year and when we saw that the organizers had created a new category looking for the Software Supplier of the Year, there was no question that this was the one we would put ourselves forth for.


BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 150M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems.

BlackBerry QNX is a leading supplier of safe, secure, and trusted operating systems, middleware, development tools, and engineering services for mission-critical embedded systems. BlackBerry QNX helps customers develop and deliver complex and connected next generation systems on time. Their technology is trusted in over 150 million vehicles and hundreds of millions of embedded systems in medical, industrial automation, energy, and aerospace and defense markets. Founded in 1980, BlackBerry QNX is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and was acquired by BlackBerry in 2010.

We have a broad portfolio of ISO 26262 safety-certified software including our QNX operating system, hypervisor, development tools and middleware for autonomous and connected vehicles. Automakers and Tier 1’s use BlackBerry QNX software in their advanced driver assistance systems, digital instrument clusters, digital cockpits, connectivity modules, secure gateways, handsfree systems, infotainment systems and other automotive subsystems.

Outside of automotive, we are the OS of choice for life and safety-critical systems for medical devices, industrial controls, rail, robotics and aerospace & defense. We have a diverse client list and are the foundational software for systems including nuclear power plants, surgical robots, rail control systems, life-critical medical devices and more.