Meet Douglas & Sandra Bergeron - founders of BEST

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Dr. Douglas Bergeron

Douglas Bergeron is one of York University’s most successful and accomplished graduates. He is now giving back to his alma mater with a generous $2 million donation to establish the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology program at the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Doug Bergeron is the son of George and Eleanor Bergeron, and the eldest of four children. He graduated with Special Honours, majoring in Computer Science, at York University in 1983. The 30 years since have proved to be hugely successful for Doug who, from middle class beginnings, has countless accomplishments to his name as a father, husband, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

After completing a Master of Science degree at the University of Southern California and rising to become CEO of the largest division of SunGard Data Systems, Doug became a private equity partner at one of California’s leading private equity firms in 2000. He led the acquisition of VeriFone from Hewlett Packard for $50 million, becoming the largest shareholder.

By 2012, VeriFone’s sales had grown to nearly $2 billion annually as VeriFone expanded to over 120 countries worldwide, employing over 5,000 people. VeriFone’s value now exceeds $3 billion and Doug remains the largest individual shareholder.

Doug and his wife Sandra are active and innovative philanthropists. Their $2 million gift to Multiple Sclerosis Canada remains the largest single gift in MS Canada’s history and is dedicated to continued research and towards improving the daily lives of MS patients in Windsor and Essex County, where Doug’s father, an MS patient for 30 years, was Chairman of the MS Society.

The Bergerons have endowed scholarships to provide educational assistance to high-potential women seeking careers in technology leadership at both Georgia State University, Sandra's alma mater, and University of California, Berkeley. Doug & Sandra also established the George Bergeron Endowed Professorship in Neuroscience at Georgetown University Medical Center. Their $1.25 million gift will support a director to launch the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery and will bolster the medical center's efforts in cutting-edge biomedical research in the neurosciences.

Doug is a five-time invited attendee to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as well as a lifetime appointee to the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and CNBC.  

Doug is married to Sandra, with whom he has established the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology program at Lassonde.

Doug has five children, Geneve, Vittoria, Theron, Samuel, and Ellie, ranging from ages 24 to twin 8-year-olds.

 

Sandra Bergeron

Sandra Bergeron is one of the best-known and most highly respected women of technology in Silicon Valley. Mrs. Bergeron is a venture partner at Trident Capital and serves as a director of Sophos Plc, Qualys, Inc., TraceSecurity, Inc. and F5 Networks, Inc. She previously served as a director of Tipping Point, Netegrity, Nuance Communications, TriCipher, and ArcSight. In her tenured career at McAfee, Inc, Mrs. Bergeron held a number of key executive positions, including head of research and development, head of corporate strategy, and president of PGP Security. 

Sandra is actively involved in promoting the role of women in technology through her chairmanship of the Bergeron Women in Technology Mentorship Program at Georgia State University.

Since 2006, over twenty women have been recognized for their exceptional academic achievement and leadership potential, and have been named Bergeron Scholars. Each recipient receives a financial award and a unique mentoring partnership with a female executive from the technology industry. 

in 2012, Sandra and her husband announced the expansion of the successful program at Georgia State University with the establishment of a $1.5 million scholarship-mentorship endowment at the University of California, Berkeley, for undergraduate women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Sandra holds an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Georgia State University, where she was named to the Hall of Fame at the J. Mack Robinson School of Business.

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