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