Student Union John Abbott College (SUJAC)
John Abbott College Students Lead the Way
In a campus-wide referendum in 2007, students at John Abbott College gave their overwhelming support to increase their fees by $10 per semester over the next five years. In total, they will be contributing over $500,000 to the Building Futures
capital campaign, which represents a whopping 10% of the $5 million goal. This outstanding commitment demonstrates that Abbott students truly appreciate the education that the College provides them.
The student contribution will support the construction of the new Science and Health Technologies Pavilion, as well as many other student areas on campus, including the cafeteria and student meeting areas.
At the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new building on August 31, 2010, David D’Arienzo, Internal Vice-President of the Student Union of the College commented: “As students, we were pleased to do our part for the Campaign. We hope it inspires others in the John Abbott College community to follow.”
The Trottier Family Foundation
Lorne Trottier - Sharing his Passion for Science for Generations to Come
Over the years, Lorne Trottier has shown his commitment to John Abbott College as a long-standing board member of the John Abbott College Foundation, and as a loyal annual donor. More recently, The Trottier Family Foundation committed $2 million toward the construction of the College’s new Science and HealthTechnologies Pavilion, which is set to open its doors in 2012.
A native Montrealer, Mr. Trottier earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in engineering from McGill. He pursued a career in electronics, as the Co-Founder of the Matrox Group of companies. It is his passion for all things scientific that motivated his generous gift.
"When I was about 11 years old, a new friend introduced me to the world of electronics. I went to the library and started reading every introductory book I could find, not only on electronics, but also on science in general. That bug to understand what's going on, from the point of view of what science teaches us about nature, has stayed with me all my life."– Lorne Trottier, Trottier Family Foundation
Mr. Trottier spearheaded the effort to make the building LEED’s-certified, with a geo-thermal energy system. The Foundation is grateful for the generous donation from the Trottier Family Foundation in the name of encouraging and fostering a thirst for knowledge in the field of Science for generations to come.
Investing in our Community and its Future
Thanks to a generous donation from Pfizer Canada in 2008, John Abbott College will be in a position to launch its new three-year pharmaceutical technology program when its new Life Sciences Pavilion opens its doors in 2012.
Pfizer donated $400,000 to the College and $200,000 to Collège Gérald-Godin to forge a partnership with them focused on the life and health sciences. Pfizer Canada Inc. is the Canadian operation of Pfizer Inc., the world's leading biopharmaceutical company, and is one of the largest contributors to health research in Canada.
Every day, Pfizer Canada employees work to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. It applies science and its global resources to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadians at every stage of life. Pfizer’s commitment is reflected in everything it does, from its disease awareness initiatives to community partnerships, such as ours.
John Abbott College is truly grateful for the outstanding support it has received from Pfizer Canada in pursuit of higher education.
Cooperating in Building John Abbott’s Future
Desjardins Caisse des Sources – Lac-Saint-Louis has been committed to the Foundation since its inception in 1999, sponsoring internships, bursaries, sitting on our Board of Directors, and participating in our fundraising events.
Desjardins contributes over $10,000 per year as the main sponsor of our Annual Golf Tournament, which raised over $100,000 for its 10th anniversary in 2012.
They also donate $5,000/year towards a John Abbott College Business Administration co-op program, for which Business Administration students are selected for internships with Desjardins.
"The Co-Op program allowed me to apply the skills I had learned in my classes, and eventually led me to find a great job. The Co-Op program also gave me the opportunity to hold a seat on the Caisse Desjardins des Sources-Lac-Saint-Louis' board of directors."– Zita Matay-Zambo, Co-Op Program Student.
Desjardins the largest financial cooperative group in Canada, offering complete banking services to nearly 6 million members and clients. They use the strength of cooperation not only to provide their members and clients with a wide range of banking services, but also to contribute to the economic and social development of their communities.
Over the years, Desjardins Caisse des Sources – Lac-Saint-Louis has donated in excess of $100,000 to the John Abbott College Foundation. John Abbott College is truly grateful for the outstanding support it has received from Desjardins Caisse des Sources – Lac-Saint-Louis in pursuit of higher education.