Doug Bergeron & Sandra Bergeron
Founders of the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) Program
Doug & Sandra Bergeron established the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program at Lassonde in 2012. This includes the endowment of the Bergeron Chair in Entrepreneurship, the Bergeron Medal of Distinction for the most promising students in the program, and the Bergeron Fellowship to provide support for budding entrepreneurs.
In 2014, the Bergeron family expanded their support for the School to $10-million, the largest-ever by an alumnus of York University. In recognition of this outstanding support, the Lassonde School’s new home is named the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence.
“Whatever you touch, or build, as engineers or as scientists, remember that the person that touches it next builds upon your work, benefits from your involvement and from your touch and from your passion. Don’t just participate, but instead contribute.” – Doug Bergeron
Biography - Doug Bergeron
He is a director and co-investor in Fundtech, a New York-based financial technology company, and is a director and co-owner of Richard Petty Motorsports, a NASCAR racing franchise.
He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from York University and a Masters of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by York University.
Watch Doug Bergeron address the Maclean's Magazine 'Inspiring Innovation' Thought Leadership series in 2014
Doug and his wife Sandra are active philanthropists supporting education and research projects across North America.
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 Bergeron family has 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 the 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.
Watch Doug Bergeron speak at the naming ceremony for the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence in September 2014
In 2012, Doug & Sandra established the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program at the Lassonde School of Engineering with an initial investment of $2-million. This later rose to $10-million in 2014 with the naming of the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, that will be formally opened in spring 2016.
“Innovation isn't always about technology or the product. Innovation is about yourself and reinventing yourself. I don't think I'm the greatest innovator, I really don't. I've written a lot of software and I've fathered a few products over the years, but my innovation is the ability to reinvent myself to roll with it and to adapt.” – Doug Bergeron
In 2015, he received the prestigious Bryden Award for Outstanding Contribution at York University’s annual alumni celebration.
Doug is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a five-time delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and has been a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business. He is married to Sandra and is the father of five children.
Read a profile of Doug Bergeron in the Globe & Mail.
Biography - Sandra Bergeron
Sandra Bergeron is a well-known and highly-respected technology leader in Silicon Valley.
Sandra 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, she held a number of key executive positions, including head of research and development, head of corporate strategy, and president of PGP Security.
She 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, and her role as co-chair of the 50:50 Challenge at the Lassonde School of Engineering.
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.