Queen’s Engineering commemorates Montreal Massacre victims with an online ceremony, a Women in Engineering panel, and a surprise scholarship announcement

Posted on December 04, 2020

The Queen’s Engineering community gathered as in previous years to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Montreal Massacre tragedy which took the lives of fourteen women in a brutal shooting rampage on the campus of École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal. This year the commemoration event took place exclusively online in the afternoon of December 3rd. Hosted by the student Engineering Society, the half hour occasion included remarks from Queen’s Principal Patrick Deane and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's Dean Kevin Deluzio. It also featured tributes to each of the fourteen victims by current engineering students.


Queen's Faculty of Engineering and the student group WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) hosted a panel conversation in the midday, also on December 3rd, featuring alumni Erum Afsar (Sc'95), Erica Lee Garcia (Sc'00), Rebecca White (Sc'01), and Theresa Redburn (Sc'85) and current students Nicole Ooi (Sc'21) and Kate Pendreigh (Sc'22) with a special appearance by the Queen's Engineering Chair for Women in Engineering, Dr. Heidi Ploeg.


And at a live online ceremony from Polytechnique Montréal which featured the new White Rose installation in the Integrated Learning Centre here at Queen’s Engineering, Brielle Thorsen (Sc’20, MASc'22) was announced the 2020 recipient of the Order of the White Rose Scholarship. The $30,000 scholarship is awarded annually by the Polytechnique administration to a woman engineering student who intends to undertake graduate studies in engineering. The event included remarks from Mme. Nathalie Provost, a survivor of the December 6, 1989 shooting, and Dr. Mona Nemer, the chief science advisor for the Government of Canada.