Our Story



Major Moments 


November 2011

The inception of Lassonde School of Engineering took place on 1.11.11 when Pierre Lassonde announced his founding $25 million donation to create a home for the Renaissance Engineer.


July 2012

The Lassonde School of Engineering formally launched with Janusz Kozinski as Founding Dean. The Lassonde brand and logo was unveiled shortly afterwards.


May 2013

Students and faculty members in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering (both previously part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering) joined the Lassonde School of Engineering.


June 2013

The groundbreaking takes place for the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering thanks in part to a new donation of $5-million from philanthropist Ignat Kaneff and his family.

The inaugural convocation takes place for Lassonde School students, including an Honorary Doctorate awarded to Douglas Bergeron, founder with his wife Sandra of the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (BEST) program.


September 2013

The first group of 397 students, joined the Lassonde School, including the first students in the new Electrical Engineering program.

The inaugural Lassonde Debate, blending the social atmosphere of a Renaissance-style salon with the rigour of an Oxford-style debate, takes place in Toronto.


June 2014

Our founding donor Pierre Lassonde receives an honorary doctorate from York University.


September 2014

Doug & Sandra Bergeron expand their investment in the Lassonde School of Engineering to $10-million, the largest donation ever by a graduate of York University. In recognition of this exceptional and continued support from the Bergeron family, the School’s new home is named the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence.

The second Lassonde Debate, moderated by Katty Kay, is held at St James' Cathedral in Toronto where debaters tackle the timely and topical issue of whether entrepreneurs are making our society more of less equal.

The first students in Lassonde's new mechanical engineering and civil engineering programs begin their studies at Lassonde.

The NSERC-Quanser Chair in Engineering Design for Innovation is announced.


October 2014

A new $1.5-million donation creates the James and Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering.


March 2015

The Lassonde 50:50 Challenge is launched to become the first engineering school in Canada with a 50:50 gender balance.


September 2015

The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering, opens to students, faculty and staff.

A record 684 students joined Lassonde bringing the total number of undergraduates to over 2000 (2018 to be exact).


October 2015

The Lassonde School of Engineering announces a new $1.5-million partnership with international technology firm iFLYTEK.

The world premiere of LET ME DO IT, a new documentary about the future of engineering education commissioned by Lassonde, takes place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

The Bergeron Centre plays host to the Eng Lab, a industry-wide initiative to bring about change in engineering at all levels of the profession, established by Engineers Canada in partnership with Engineers Without Borders (Canada), Concordia University and the Lassonde School of Engineering.


Spring 2016

The official opening ceremony for the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence takes place.



November 2016

The third Lassonde Debate takes place in the Bergeron Centre's High Bay Lab where four intellectual heavyweights debated whether or not technology is making us more human. 



April 2017

Professor Richard Hornsey begins at Lassonde as Interim Dean for 2017-2018.



February 2017

Lassonde hosts the third annual Mercier Lecture, inviting President and CEO of Desire2Learn John Baker to speak on the future of education technology.



June 2017

Lassonde's Electrical Engineering program received high accreditation marks.



October 2017

Dr. Vincent Tao, former Lassonde professor and founder of the Geomatics program at Lassonde, receives an honourary doctorate at the June convocation. 



January 2018

Lassonde hosts a sold-out public debate, Ghost in the Machine, at the Toronto Reference Library, bringing together academics and business leaders to debate AI, technology and the future of society as part of the Next 100 speaker series.



October 2018

Lassonde welcomes new Dean, Jane Goodyer from Massey University in New Zealand, bringing with her a wealth of experiene in curriculum design, strategic planning and international collaboration.