30 Years Later: U of G Leads National Project to Honour Victims of Montreal Massacre
The vibrant lives of 14 young women, and all the potential they held, were lost 30 years ago during the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal. Twelve of the 14 who died were engineering students. On Dec. 6 each year, the victims are mourned.
A new national initiative spearheaded by Mary Wells, dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph, and Suzanne Kresta, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, will honour those victims in a powerful way this year.
Their new online project celebrates women who studied engineering three decades ago and who have since thrived in the profession.
Many engineering students who were contemporaries of those who died went on to fulfill their potential despite the grief and trauma they experienced from the appalling event, Wells said. They are examples of courage, resilience and strength, she added, and it is important to celebrate their achievements.