Leadership

What distinguishes our Foundation is that with every major gift comes the explicit, personal commitment of a family member’s time and talent to help realize the projects we support.

Julie Lassonde
Julie Lassonde

Ms. Lassonde has over 20 years of experience in the mining industry in senior executive and corporate board roles.  

She is currently on the board of GMP Capital Inc., a Toronto-based investment dealer and asset manager with over $28 billion in assets under management, where she serves as the Chair of the Governance committee.  She has been on the board of over a dozen junior exploration and mining corporations.

Ms. Lassonde has an extensive philanthropic background.  She currently serves as president of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and is on the boards of the Royal Ontario Museum, National Gallery of Canada Foundation, and York University.

She holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University and an Executive MBA from Brown University and IE University.

Christian Lassonde

Christian Lassonde sat on the Board of  Western University from 2012 to 2017 where the Claudette-MacKay Lassonde
engineering building was funded.

Founder and Managing Partner of Impression Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in disruption in financial services,Christian spent a decade in San Francisco selling and building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts to customers Sony,
Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies.

Christian holds an MBA from the USF, a BESc in computer engineering and a BSc in computer science from Western. Christian is currently Vice-Chair of SickKids Foundation, Chair of the TFS Foundation, and served on the Fintech Advisory Council for the Ontario Securities Commission.

Christian’s wife, Jennifer Lassonde, serves on the Canadian Board of Directors for Guide Dogs, and is a supporter of its new puppy facility.

Janelle Lassonde

Janelle Lassonde is a founding sponsor and abiding advocate of Opportunity International’s EduFinance, a sustainable and scalable microfinance program that expands access to quality education, and was Chair of its global Schools of Opportunity campaign.

In the literary arts, she is a member of the Board of Directors of The Walrus, a non-profit organization that publishes a national magazine and produces national events that spark conversations about Canada and its place in the world.  She also serves as flutist at St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto.

Janelle holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an MSc in Economics from The London School of Economics, and a double-major BA in Economics and Statistics from Northwestern University.  She formerly served as a Director of Credit Risk Management at UBS in London and Johannesburg.

Pierre Lassonde
Pierre Lassonde

A philanthropist, engineer and businessman, Mr. Lassonde is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost experts in precious metals and mining. 

In 1982, he co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation together with his business partner Seymour Schulich, and led the re-emergence of the company where he has held the position of Chairman of the Board for twelve consecutive years. Mr. Lassonde was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2002 and was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2013.

Mr. Lassonde is an active and passionate supporter of education, the arts and the community in both Canada and the United States.  In the field of education, he sits on the board of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah where the Lassonde Studios was launched in 2016, as well as on the University of Toronto Mineral Engineering Advisory Board. In 2012 he created the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University’s Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence and devotes time to Ryerson University.  

Mr. Lassonde is also personally involved in a number of projects and initiatives in the community and the arts.  He serves as Chair of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec (MNBAQ) since 2005, and in July 2015 was appointed Chair of the Canadian Council for the Arts.

Jennifer Lassonde

Jennifer Lassonde…

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Michael Gibbens
Michael Gibbens

Michael Gibbens is President at Shorcan Brokers Limited.

Shorcan is a leading Canadian Inter-Dealer Brokerage firm that specializes in Canadian Fixed Income products and has been an integral part of the Canadian Fixed Income market since our founding in 1977. 

Giving back to the community is an important part of Shorcan’s culture. Each year in January it hosts the Shorcan Charity Day on which the firm donates all revenues for the day to various charitable organizations in our local communities. This event has has raised almost $10,000,000 for charitable organizations since its inception in 1999.

A co-founding Trustee of the Foundation at its inception in 1989 is the late Claudette MacKay-Lassonde, PhD (Hon), P.Eng who, in addition to holding senior positions with major corporations, was the first female President of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and a pioneer in promoting the advancement and entry of women in the science, technology and engineering (STEM) professions.