Doug and Sandra Bergeron expand investment in York University to $10-million
New building to be named the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence
York University today announced that Doug and Sandra Bergeron have increased their support of the Lassonde School of Engineering to a record-breaking $10-million.
The donation from Doug Bergeron, who graduated from York University with a degree in Computer Science, and his wife Sandra is the largest ever by an alumnus.
“We are extremely grateful to Doug and Sandra Bergeron for this tremendous commitment, which will help to shape York University’s future,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. “This gift is particularly special to York because it will be used to encourage the type of entrepreneurial spirit that Doug, one of our own graduates, has demonstrated so often as a business leader.”
Doug and Sandra Bergeron – both Silicon Valley entrepreneurs – previously committed $2-million to create the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology program (known as BEST) at York University in 2012.
The new gift will go towards the Lassonde School of Engineering’s brand new home at York University, opening in summer 2015.
Speaking at today’s ceremony at his alma mater, Mr. Bergeron, founder and CEO of Opus Global, said,
“We want Canada’s most promising engineers and entrepreneurs to thrive, to innovate, and to eventually change the world.”
“This bold new home for engineering at York University defies conventional wisdom and gives students the opportunity to learn in ways that were unthinkable before the dawn of the information age.”
In recognition of this exceptional and continued support from the Bergeron family, now totalling $10-million, the School’s new home will be named the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence.
The 167,500 sq. ft., five-storey Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence won’t offer your typical engineering school experience. The space has been designed to ‘flip the classroom’ so that students will come to campus for active learning sessions with professors, classmates and mentors.
“Doug and Sandra are savvy investors. Their decision to invest $10-million in the Lassonde School of Engineering is a terrific endorsement of what we are doing, which is quite simply to transform engineering education,” said Janusz Kozinski, Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering.
“With Doug and Sandra behind us as our partners we know we can achieve anything. This support will give our students the opportunity to explore their passions and gain new perspectives in a home that’s completely different to any engineering school ever built in Canada,” he added.