Pierre Lassonde, B.A., BSc, MBA, P.Eng., CFA, Hon Ph.D’s from the Universities of Toronto, Montreal, Ryerson, York, Western, Concordia, Mt. Allison and the University of Utah.
Pierre Lassonde co-founded Franco-Nevada Mining Corporation in 1982 based on an original concept of building a mining royalty company. Acquired by Newmont Mining Corp in February 2002, it became the largest gold mining company in the world. He served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2005 to 2009. In 2008, Franco-Nevada came back to the public market. It is the leading mining royalty company with a market capitalization over US$32B. Mr. Lassonde is Chairman Emeritus.
Mr. Lassonde’s philanthropic interest in education and the arts is well known. He has served as Board Chair of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and the Canada Council for the Arts. He sits on the Board of the Riopelle Foundation since 2019. Mr. Lassonde has an extensive art collection which he shares with museums for display.
In March 2020, he was named Principal and Chair of Polytechnique Montréal.
In 2002 Pierre was made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Grand Officer in 2022. He became a Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2019. Pierre is a Fellow of The Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and the National Mining Hall of Fame USA.