Lorne M. Trottier is co-founder of Matrox, a privately held group of companies known around the world for its innovative computer graphics, video and imaging products. Trottier earned a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1970, when he was also the recipient of the British Association Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. In 1973 he earned a Master's degree in electrical engineering from McGill, and in 2006 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the same university. He is currently an active member on the Engineering Faculty Advisory Board, on the advisory board of the Ecofiscal Commission and is an Honorary Member of the Science FAB.
In 2003, Mr. Trottier received the prestigious Prix Lionel-Boulet, the Government of Quebec's highest honour for economic development in the area of applied technology. The same year, he was honoured by the Fédération de l'informatique du Québec as one of the 25 "Bâtisseurs des technologies de l'information et des communications (TIC)." In 2007, Mr. Trottier was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2011 and 2013, he received honorary doctorates from l’Université de Montréal and from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) respectively.
Lorne Trottier and the Trottier Family Foundation have also been extremely generous benefactors of McGill University. The Lorne M. Trottier Building, dedicated in 2004, was the product of a $10 million gift to the university. That was followed by a second generous donation, in 2006, of $12 million to establish the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology in the Faculty of Science, the Lorne Trottier Chair in Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, and associated fellowships for graduate students in both faculties.
Lorne Trottier and his family also support the Mini-Science Series as well as the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series – a series of annual lectures organized by the McGill Office for Science and Society, designed "to inform, inspire debate and raise public awareness on contemporary issues confronting society today.” In 2011, Trottier donated $5.5 million to McGill’s Office for Science and Society and in 2012, $14.5 million to fund the establishment of the Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy (“TISPP”) in the Faculty of Science and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (“TISED”) in the Faculty of Engineering. His most recent gift of $1 million, in 2015, went to fund postdoctoral and graduate student fellowships affiliated with the McGill Space Institute.