Christie Appoints Former BlackBerry Exec

[![Gary Klassen](/content/images/2016/03/Gary-Klassen-Director-of-Solutions-Software-Christie-300x276.jpg)](/content/images/2016/03/Gary-Klassen-Director-of-Solutions-Software-Christie.jpg)Gary Klassen
[Christie]( has announced that [Gary Klassen]( has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Klassen will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of shared experiences such as large-scale projection mapping projects. He will be based in Kitchener, ON.

Most recently, Klassen was director of architecture and innovation at BlackBerry. He has led several system level development efforts spanning multiple software and hardware functional areas as well as exploring and inventing new applications and bringing them to market. He is named as an inventor on over 100 granted U.S. patents.

“It’s a wonderful time in the vibrant Waterloo region for technology development,” says Klassen. “I’m excited to be a part of growing Christie’s software capabilities on all levels, and look forward to developing creative and innovative solutions for our customers that are easy to deploy.”

“Gary’s unparalleled experience in software application development makes him a key addition to Christie as we continue to grow,” says Gerry Remers, president and COO, Christie Canada. “Christie’s total solutions approach is strengthened with Gary’s appointment and I’m confident he will play a key role in delivering high quality solutions for our customers.”

Christie continues to recruit for software development and engineering positions at all levels within its Canadian headquarters in Kitchener, ON.  These positions will support developments in software and solutions including projection mapping, which uses auto-calibration to take a once complicated and time-consuming process to calibrate projected images to less than 30 seconds; virtual and augmented reality; and themed entertainment.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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