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Dan Dodge is the co-creator of the QNX Realtime Operating system (with Gordon Bell). They began the project while students at the University of Waterloo in 1980. After moving to Kanata, Ontario, (a high-tech area outside Ottawa) to start Quantum Software Systems (later renamed QNX Software Systems to avoid confusion with a hard drive manufacturer), the first commercial version of QNX was released for the Intel 8088 CPU in 1982.

QNX Unix-like, real-time, embedded operating system

QNX is a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The product was originally developed in the early 1980s by Canadian company Quantum Software Systems, later renamed QNX Software Systems and ultimately acquired by BlackBerry in 2010. QNX was one of the first commercially successful microkernel operating systems and is used in a variety of devices including cars and mobile phones.

Gordon Bell is the co-creator of the QNX Realtime Operating System. They began the project while students at the University of Waterloo in 1980. After moving to Kanata, Ontario, to start Quantum Software Systems, the first commercial version of QNX was released for the Intel 8088 CPU in 1982.

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In 1998 he became the 4th awardee of the J.W. Graham Medal, named in honor of Wes Graham an early influential Professor of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, and annually awarded to an influential alumnus of the University's Faculty of Mathematics. [1]

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In 2002 Dodge and Bell were acclaimed as Heroes of Manufacturing by Fortune magazine. [2]

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Mr. Dodge holds a Master's degree in mathematics and was the Chief Executive Officer of QNX Software Systems, a division of BlackBerry. In an earnings call on March 29, 2012, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins stated "Dan Dodge is now [BlackBerry]'s lead software architect and is responsible for driving both the QNX business and the BlackBerry 10 platform vision."

Dan Dodge announced his retirement from QNX on September 8, 2015, [3] effective at the end of the year. In late July 2016, it was reported that Dodge will be joining Apple at the company's new Kanata location, assisting with Apple's automotive team alongside Bob Mansfield. [4]

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  1. "Recipients of the J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation". University of Waterloo . Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  2. Bylinsky, Gene (March 17, 2003). "Heroes of Manufacturing". FORTUNE Magazine.
  3. http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/qnx-software-systems-founder-and-ceo-dan-dodge-steps-down-from-blackberry-ltd?__lsa=ed6c-3ba5
  4. "QNX founder Dan Dodge now working at Apple Inc.: reports". Ottawa Citizen. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-07-29.