The Lassonde School of Engineering, York University - Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence

The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University is using innovative programming to transform
the way we view education and the workplace.

The Lassonde “Renaissance Engineering” approach at York University helps promote students’ understanding of the societal context of their inventions and designs. The school’s stated goal is to create Renaissance engineers, entrepreneurial engineers with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship.


The Lassonde School of Engineering offers a co-op program, an entrepreneurship incubator, student ambassadorships, mentorships, study abroad programs, and courses at the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School.

50 50 challenge

Achieving gender parity – an aim known as the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge – is a key part of the Renaissance Engineering ecosystem.  Since 2013, women’s enrolment in York University’s engineering program has increased fivefold.

Lassonde Institute of Mining at the University of Toronto

Lassonde Institute of Mining at the University of Toronto

“The new vision for the Lassonde Institute is more expansive, connected and collaborative. We are committed to transformation and future-looking ideas and solutions.”

~ Dr. Lesley Warren, Director & Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Chair, Mineral Engineering.

Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion at the University of Western Ontario

“This is a building that will influence both the architectural and research landscapes of western and southwestern Ontario.“ ~ Western President Paul Davenport, in honour of an incredible individual – a leader who exemplified the power of one individual to create change. A $20-million, 45,000-square-foot living lab enhances the University’s student experience. The space features advanced, environmentally sustainable construction technologies and methodologies. Geared towards green technologies, processes and materials, the lab encourages student engagement and educational experiences through hands-on design opportunities.