Lorne M. Trottier is co-founder of Matrox, a privately held group of companies known around the world for its innovative computer graphics, video and imaging products. Dr. Trottier earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1970, when he was also the recipient of the British Association Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 1973 he earned a Master's degree in electrical engineering from McGill, and in 2006 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the same university. He is currently a member of McGill’s Campaign Executive Committee, the Faculty of Engineering's Advisory Board, the Faculty of Science’s Campaign Committee, and he is a Governor Emeritus of the university.
In December 2003, Dr. Trottier received the prestigious Prix Lionel-Boulet, the Government of Quebec's highest honour for economic development in the area of applied technology. The same year, he was honoured by the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec as one of the 25 "Bâtisseurs des technologies de l'information et des communications (TIC)." In 2007, Dr. Trottier was named a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal.
Dr. Trottier and the Trottier Family Foundation have also been extremely generous benefactors of McGill University over the years. The Lorne M. Trottier Building, dedicated in 2004, was the product of a $10 million gift to the university. In 2006, that was followed by a second generous donation of $12 million to establish the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology in the Faculty of Science, the Lorne Trottier Chair in Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, and associated fellowships for graduate students in both faculties.
Dr. Trottier and his family also support the Mini-Science Series as well as the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series – a series of annual lectures organized by the McGill Office for Science & Society, featuring outstanding speakers from around the world and designed "to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society today.” Most recently, Dr. Trottier donated $5.5 million to the Office for Science & Society to ensure that their efforts in separating the sense from the nonsense can continue, like the Symposium, in perpetuity.