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Who is Lorne M. Trottier?

Published: 18 Oct 2000

Following the announcement that Lorne M. Trottier is donating up to $10 million to help build a new Information Technology teaching facilities at McGill University, curious reporters might have a few follow-up questions. Like, for instance, who is Lorne M. Trottier?

Helpful facts on newest donor at McGill

Following the announcement that Lorne M. Trottier is donating up to $10 million to help build a new Information Technology teaching facilities at McGill University, curious reporters might have a few follow-up questions. Like, for instance, who is Lorne M. Trottier? Please read on to find out:

  • Lorne M. Trottier was born in Montreal on June 15, 1948.


  • His middle initial stands for Maurice.


  • He is a two-time graduate from McGill University, where he obtained a BEng in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and an MEng in Engineering in 1973.


  • Trottier is co-founder of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd., and president of Matrox Graphics Inc., a privately held Montreal-based graphic chip designer and card manufacturer that employs 1,200 people around the world.


  • Trottier and his wife, Louise Rousselle, have two children: Claire, 20, and Sylvie, 16.

Some of Trottier’s charitable work includes:

  • Faculty Advisory Board Member, McGill Faculty of Engineering Director, Montreal Technovision Member, CATA

  • President, Comité des projets particuliers dans le domaine des technologies de l’information; a committee jointly established by the provincial Ministry of Education and Technovision. It’s a group that provides grants to universities and CEGEPs to help double the number of IT graduates over 6 years. To date, the committee had approved grants of approximately $25 million.


  • Trottier admits to: "having a particular interest in supporting activities that encourage young people to develop an interest in science and technology."

During downtime, Trottier enjoys:

  • Swimming, skiing, biking, and hiking. He loves airplanes, he says, "but I’m too busy to fly a real one, so I fly radio controlled model airplanes instead." He is an avid space and astronomy enthusiast and is a Member of the Millennium Committee of the Planetary Society, an organization that promotes space exploration. He also owns a computer-controlled amateur telescope that locates galaxies with a few key words.
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