Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) Program Launches at York

IP Osgoode would like to congratulate the York University Faculty of Science and Engineering as well as Douglas Bergeron and his wife Sandra Bergeron on their two million dollar endeavour to support entrepreneurial programs and initiatives focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors.

Announced last week, the Bergerons’ gift will create 100 fellowships over the next ten years to support York University students in STEM majors who show great promise and leadership potential. In addition to one of a kind experience, graduates of the Bergeron Science and Technology program will earn a Bergeron Distinction in Entrepreneurship and New Ventures and the top two scholars will be awarded the Bergeron Entrepreneur Medal. Both the distinction and medal will be recognized at graduation.

Douglas Bergeron is currently the CEO and largest shareholder of VeriFone Systems Inc, and was born in Windsor, Ontario. He obtained his undergraduate degree at York University in 1983, with a major in computer science. His wife, Sandra Bergeron, is a venture partner with Trident Capital, a director of Qualys Inc and Sophos plc, chairman of TraceSecurity Inc, and a highly regarded female technology leader in Silicon Valley.

IP Osgoode applauds this investment in the next generation of entrepreneurial engineers and looks forward to supporting York’s students on the intellectual property and technology front.