Our History

TISPP was established through a generous gift from the exceptionally committed alumnus Lorne Trottier, through the Lorne Trottier Family Foundation.

Lorne Trottier
Image by Owen Egan.
  Photo by Owen Egan
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Lorne Trottier is a co-founder of Matrox, a privately held group of companies known around the world for their innovative computer graphics, video and imaging products. Dr. Trottier holds a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University. In 2006 he was awarded a doctorate degree honoris causa by McGill, and in 2011 and 2013 by l’Université de Montréal and by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) respectively. Dr. Trottier is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Faculties of Science and Engineering of McGill University as well as a Governor Emeritus of the same university. In 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. In 2007, Dr. Trottier was named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Over the years, Lorne Trottier and the Trottier Family Foundation have been extremely generous benefactors of McGill University. Their latest $20 million gift funds a series of initiatives and aims to enhance and promote sustainable scientific and technological development and influence public policy.

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