YorkU receives $8 M for new engineering building

September 30, 2014

York University yesterday announced a gift of $8 M from alumnus Doug Bergeron and his wife, Sandra, for its Lassonde School of Engineering. This new gift adds to the $2 M previously donated to the school by the Bergerons. YorkU’s new engineering building will be named the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence in recognition of the donations. The Bergeron Centre has been designed to facilitate a “flipped classroom” approach to instruction. Janusz Kozinski, Dean of the Lassonde School, said, “this support will give our students the opportunity to explore their passions and gain new perspectives in a home that’s completely different to any engineering school ever built in Canada.” Doug Bergeron added, “we want Canada’s most promising engineers and entrepreneurs to thrive, to innovate, and to eventually change the world. This bold new home for engineering at York University defies conventional wisdom and gives students the opportunity to learn in ways that were unthinkable before the dawn of the information age.” YorkU News Release | Globe and Mail