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Polytechnique Commemoration: 30th Anniversary

Polytechnique Commemoration: 30th Anniversary

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John Hodgins Engineering Building: Front patio and lobby

Join McMaster Engineering as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the massacre of 14 female engineering students at École Polytechnique de Montréal on Dec. 6, 1989.


On December 6, 1989, at approximately 5 p.m., what should have been a joyful celebration of camaraderie and the end of the school semester, turned into a tragedy. A man entered a classroom at École Polytechnique de Montréal with an assault weapon. He ordered the men to go to one side of the room and the women to go to the other. He targeted the female engineering students and shot them.

The tragic murder of 14 brilliant and creative women, beloved sisters and cherished daughters, sparked a deep outrage among the population. Governments quickly declared December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women .

In order to keep the memory of these young victims alive, a new Memory Committee was formed at École Polytechnique de Montréal  in 2014.  

Since 2014, fourteen beams of light have been lighting up the sky in Montreal every evening on December 6, in memory of the fourteen victims of École Polytechnique’s tragedy

This year, Polytechnique has reached out to partner engineering schools across the country, including McMaster University, to commemorate this event by beaming a giant light into the sky. 

Join faculty members, students, alumni and others as we mark this recognize this event and reflect on diversity within engineering, and the work that has been done and continues to be needed. 

The event will be broadcast live on CBC.  

3:30 p.m.

Participants start to arrive (light refreshments provided)

4:00 p.m.

Commemoration event starts

4:05 p.m.

Land acknowledgement and overview of the Event

Dr. Kim Jones, ONWIE Chair 

4:15 p.m.


Dr. Ishwar Puri, Dean of Engineering

Dr. Maureen J. MacDonald, Dean of Science

 4:35 p.m.

Dr. Kim Jones invites Maureen Wilson, Councillor for Hamilton's Ward 1 to say a few words

4:40 p.m.

Dr. Kim Jones invites the following alumni to say a few words of their feelings when they heard the news

Christine Ermarkaryan, Alumni (1990 Chemical Engineering)

Gina Succi, Alumni (1989 Civil Engineering)

4:50 p.m.

Dr. Kim Jones invites Melissa Cusack, MES President, to say a few words of how it is important to still remember 

4:55 p.m.

Dr. Kim Jones calls the following 14 students to lay white roses as the names are read out by the memorial stone:

·      Monica Black reads loud Geneviève Bergeron

·      Connor    Lawrence reads loud Hélène Colgan

·      Cristina Cindric reads loud Nathalie Croteau

·      Tommy Kean reads loud Barbara Daigneault

·      Khadija Shahzi reads loud Anne-Marie Edward

·      Mike Meiers reads loud Maud Haviernick 

·      Emilie Lam reads loud Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz           

·      Seraj Singh reads loud Maryse Laganière       

·      Clare Benson reads loud Maryse Leclair       

·      Ian Currie reads loud Anne-Marie Lemay     

·      Jessica     Radko reads loud Sonia Pelletier   

·      Shay Earle reads loud Michèle Richard

·      Fadia Cruz reads loud Annie St-Arneault

·      Asley Wohl reads loud Annie Turcotte

5:00 p.m.

The Montreal Master of Ceremonies indicates that ceremonies are held across Canada. Images of our ceremony are shown on a giant screen in Montreal and on CBC.

5:03 p.m.

Lighting of the Light

5:04 p.m.

Moment of Silence

Dr. Ishwar Puri, Dean of Engineering

5:10 p.m.

End of Ceremony: acknowledgments

Dr. Kim Jones, ONWIE Chair

10:00 p.m.

The light beams are switched off.

Other events

Men’s Walk in Solidarity with the National Day of Remembrance

    Student Memorial Garden

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Commemorative Event
McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) 319 – CIBC Hall

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served

Keynote Speaker
Jaime Black: The REDress Project

Visit for program details.
Hosted by the December 6th Planning Committee


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