On December 6, 1989, 14 women were murdered at École Polytechnique in Montreal, QC, when a gunman entered the engineering school and targeted and shot women saying he was “fighting feminism.” Twelve of the women killed were engineering students.
In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history, Parliament declared December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. December 6 is a day each year when we commemorate the lives and potential lost in the tragedy of the Montreal Massacre and other incidents of gender-based violence. It’s also a day to consider how each of us can take action to combat gender-based violence.
This year, thirty years after the events of December 6, 1989, Engineers Canada hosted a panel discussion about the Montreal Massacre and the effects it had on the engineering profession. Engineers Canada President David Lynch served as moderator and was joined by panellists:
Sandra Gwozdz, Engineers Canada Board Director, and 1991 graduate of École Polytechnique
Ved Proag, Project Manager, Infrastructure Planning, City of Ottawa, and Vice-Chair, PEO Ottawa Chapter
Julie Lassonde, President and CEO of Lassonde Capital, and President of the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation