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Bharti Donation to the School of Engineering

About the Bharti Donation


In November 2011, the School of Engineering received a generous $10 million donation from Mr. Stan Bharti, chairman and CEO of Forbes & Manhattan which in turn became the Bharti School of Engineering. 

Mr Bharti is a professional mining engineer, business consultant, international financier, and seasoned entrepreneur. He has more than 30 years' professional experience in business, finance, markets, operations and more. His focus has been the mining, agriculture and energy sectors. He has been pivotal in the acquirement, financing, restructuring and building of dozens of struggling companies and bright startups throughout North America, Europe and Australia.



Bharti Donation in the news:


Sudbury Star and the Northern Life news announcements.

LU Press Release Gift Announcement                                                                      

"Next 50" Laurentian University Campaign 

International Advisory Board

Bharti School of Engineering
International Advisory Board




Ashcroft, Mark P.Eng., Principal Esgore Capitol
Bharti, Julian Managing Director, Delano Capitol Corp.
Bharti, Stan Executive Chairman, Forbes & Manhattan Inc.
Darling, George Director Mine Technical Services - SNC Lavalin Inc.
Espley, Samantha (Chair) General Manager, Mines & Mills Technical Services Ontario Operations, Vale
Fragomeni, Dominic Director, XPS Consulting and Testwork (A Glencore Company)
Levesque, Paul P.Eng, Chief Engineer, PGM Goldcorp Inc.
Tessier, Sue   Consultant  
Treen, Jon P.E., MBA Technical Leader, Global Mining Stantec
Ughadpaga, Kamal Superintendent Slabcaster (Operations) Essar Steel Algoma Inc.
Sabau, Melania P.Eng., M.ASc, Senior Engineering Process Technology, Copper Cliff Smelter, Vale




Arsenault, Marc PhD, P.Eng, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Program Coordinator
Hudyma, Marty PhD, P.Eng, Associate Professor, Mining Engineering Program Coordinator
Macleod, Tracy BA'95, CFRE Chief Advancement Officer, Laurentian University
Subramanian, Ramesh PhD, P.Eng Director and Chemical Engineering Program Coordinator
Timusk, Markus PhD, P.Eng, Co-op Program Coordinator







Bharti Agreement Terms of Reference


Mark Ashcroft, M.Sc., P.Eng.


Mark is currently a principal of Esgore Capital, a strategic advisory firm. 
Prior to Esgore, Mark was the President & CEO and a Director of Stonegate Agricom, a phosphate development company from 2008 until 2014, which he successfully listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange with a $51.75 million initial public offering.  Prior to that, Mark had been involved in various capacities in the global mining and finance industries since 1990.  From 1990 to 1996, through his undergraduate studies, Mark worked in various operating roles in North and South America and Australia. From 1996 to 1998 he worked in Mines Technical Services at Inco Limited's Ontario Division, where he qualified as a Professional Engineer in Ontario. From 1999 to 2003, Mark worked in mining project finance with Barclays Capital in London and then Standard Bank in New York. From 2003 to 2008, Mark was employed with Toll Cross Securities, a boutique institutional firm in Toronto where he became Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking, and then Versant Partners, where he was responsible for successfully developing a mining finance business for that firm in sales, trading and corporate finance. Mark holds his Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Laurentian University and a Master of Science (Finance, Regulation and Risk Management) from the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading.

Julian Bharti, Managing Director, Delano Capital Corp.


Julian is the founder of Delano Capital Corp. and is responsible for managing the firm and structuring transactions. Since creating Delano Capital in 2008, Julian has been involved in over 30 transactions with a combined total value in excess of $1 billion


Samantha Espley, General Manager, Mines & Mills Technical Services Ontario Operations, Vale


Samantha has earned her B.A.Sc. degree in engineering in 1988 from the University of Toronto and her M.A.Sc. degree in mining engineering in 1999 from Laurentian University.  Samantha continues to expand her knowledge and learning with special-interest programs and courses at University of Guelph and University of Toronto.

Samantha is the General Manager of the Mines and Mills Technical Services group at Vale with an extensive team of engineers, geologists, technologists and administration staff, providing technical expertise at the operating mines and mills in Sudbury, Ontario.  Samantha has more than 25 years of experience in underground hard rock mining at Denison, Dome, Falconbridge, Noranda, Inco and Vale.  She has held roles in the technical, operations and management domains on the mining and mineral processing. 

Samantha participated on the board for Science North, the CIM Sudbury Branch, Global Mining Standards and Guidelines, WISE Sudbury, Engineers Canada, PEO Sudbury Branch and supports Women in Mining.  She participated with CAMIRO, MIRARCO, LUMAL and CEMI with the strong focus on research and development projects to enable safe, deep mining.  Samantha is a board member and chair of the Bharti School of Engineering at Laurentian University.  She was honoured to receive the Women in Mining Canada’s Trailblazer Award and Engineer’s Canada Award as a Champion of Women in Engineering.

Samantha and her spouse, Marc Boudreau, are proud of their children Amy, Eric, Katrine and Miranda.  They enjoy living in beautiful Northern Ontario and participating within the community.

Paul Lévesque, P. Eng. Chief Engineer - PGM - Goldcorp Inc. 


I graduated with a B. Eng. from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in 2003.  After graduation, I worked for four and half years as a mining Engineer In Training (EIT) at Agrium, which is a leading global wholesaler and producer of major agricultural nutrients.  The company sells over eight million tons of nitrogen, potash and phosphates annually.  I then joined Goldcorp’s Porcupine Gold Mines where I worked for four years as a senior engineer at both Dome (one year) and Hoyle Pond Mines (three years), followed by one year as the senior production engineer at Hoyle Pond where I was mainly involved in changing and upgrading the management operating system.  Following that, I spent one year as the development general foreman responsible for the safe, efficient, sustainable development of mine drifts (tunnels) at the mine.  I then returned to the role of senior production engineer, focusing on continuous improvement opportunities at Hoyle Pond.  More recently, in July 2014, I accepted the role of Acting Chief Engineer and in March 2015 accepted the role of Chief Engineer for Porcupine Gold Mines.  Goldcorp is the world’s leading gold producer and operates 10 mines in Canada, the United States and South America.  I am married to Monique and the proud father of Isabelle (9) and Myriam (7).  I enjoy sports in general, hockey, baseball, skiing, golf and the outdoors.


Jon Treen, P.E., MBA Technical Leader, Global Mining Stantec


Mr. Jon Treen's well-rounded career has included a wide variety of positions within the mining industry, including safety, engineering, operations, site services, and consulting. Currently as Technical Leader, Global Mining, Mr. Treen oversees a technical staff of over 100 individuals focused on mine design and mine infrastructure. Previous to Stantec, he held leadership roles such as General Manager of Operations for one of the largest integrated underground mining operations in Canada, General Manager of Production Services, Manager of Technical Services, and Mine Manager. His previous experience includes direct responsibility for up to six mines and production of 220 million lb of nickel and 312 million lb of copper, along with associated precious metals.

With a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and significant leadership training, Mr. Treen understands how to successfully deliver mining projects on budget and within schedule.