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24
Nov 2017

December 6 commemoration: Fourth edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose takes place from December 1 to 8, 2017

Polytechnique created the Week of the White Rose in 2014 to encourage the “blooming” of scientific talent and awaken an interest in science, technology and engineering in young girls who otherwise might not be attracted to these disciplines. The campaign takes its name from the fact that the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities over the years. [...]

As December 6 approaches and Polytechnique Montréal prepares for the annual day of remembrance of the tragic events of 1989, the institution invites members of the public to make a meaningful, symbolic gesture by taking part in the Week of the White Rose.

Polytechnique created the Week of the White Rose in 2014 to encourage the “blooming” of scientific talent and awaken an interest in science, technology and engineering in young girls who otherwise might not be attracted to these disciplines. The campaign takes its name from the fact that the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities over the years.

The Week of the White Rose provides the opportunity to give the gift of virtual white roses to anyone, through the whiteroseweek.org site. Each purchase of roses is a donation to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp. The funds raised provide girls from less affluent communities with the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities.

Give the gift of white roses and let the future bloom

Polytechnique invites members of its community and the general public, as well as corporations, to give loved ones or clients the gift of virtual white roses. It is a gesture that brings joy while sowing the seeds of a brighter future.

  • One rose ($10) pays for transportation for a girl to attend a science activity.
  • A bouquet of 14 roses ($50) funds a science activity in an elementary school classroom.
  • A bouquet of 25 roses ($150) pays for a girl to attend a week-long Folie Technique science day camp in the summer.

Since its creation, the Week of the White Rose has raised approximately $50,000 and enabled some 5,000 young girls to be part of classroom science workshops and attend the Folie Technique camp. However, demand far outweighs this non-profit organization’s supply: there are long waiting lists for these popular “all-girl” groups.

Although they make up more than half the population, the number of Canadian women undertaking careers in engineering remains low. According to Engineers Canada, less than 12% of practising licensed engineers in the country are women. In 1989, at the time of the Polytechnique tragedy, women accounted for 17% of the student population at the school. As of 2017, nearly 28% of Polytechnique students are women, and there is gender parity in many specialized fields, such as biomedical, chemical, industrial and geological engineering.

While donations reach a peak during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional website is always live, making it possible to purchase a gift of white roses at any time of the year.

With the Week of the White Rose, Polytechnique reaffirms that it will never forget, but at the same time will always look to the future.

 OTHER COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Order of the White Rose scholarship ceremony

On Friday, December 1, at 11 a.m., Polytechnique will hold the third annual Order of the White Rose scholarship presentation ceremony, during which a deserving Canadian woman engineering student wishing to pursue graduate studies will receive the $30,000 award. A media advisory will be issued shortly.

Placing of bouquets of roses at the commemorative plaque

On Wednesday, December 6, at 8:30 a.m., bouquets of white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Polytechnique Board of Directors; François Bertrand, interim CEO of Polytechnique; Yann Blanchard, President of the Polytechnique students association; and Nikolay Radoev, Vice-President, External Affairs, of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. Staff, students and members of the public are invited to gather and reflect at the site throughout the day. The commemorative plaque is outside, on the southwest façade of the main building of Polytechnique.

Beacons of light on Mount Royal

To perpetuate the memory of the young women who lost their lives in 1989, the Comité Mémoire, jointly with the City of Montréal, invites members of the public to gather at the lookout on Mount Royal on Wednesday, December 6, at 5 p.m. For the fourth year in a row, the skies above Montreal will be lit by Moment Factory’s light installation between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. After a brief word of welcome and a minute’s silence, the 14 beacons of light will be lit one by one as the 14 victims’ names are read aloud.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s largest engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the Québec leader for the scope of its engineering research activities. It is located on the campus of Université de Montreal, the largest French-language university campus in the Americas. With over 47,500 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. The institution offers more than 120 programs. Polytechnique has 260 professors and 8,300 students. It has an annual operating budget of $213 million, including a research budget of $75 million.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

  • Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnique and the school’s first woman graduate in civil engineering
  • Folietechnique’s Representatives

DOCUMENTATION

Week of the White Rose website: whiteroseweek.org

Thank-you video from young Folie Technique campers


INFORMATION

Interview requests

Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

Information

Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003
514 944-8689
apeltier@ca.inter.net

 

30
Nov 2016

Third edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose takes place November 29 to December 6, 2016

As December 6 approaches and Polytechnique Montréal prepares for the annual day of remembrance of the tragic events of 1989, the institution invites members of the public to make a meaningful, symbolic gesture by taking part in the Week of the White Rose. [...]

Giving a gift of virtual white roses to encourage the “blooming” of promising talents and stimulate an interest in the sciences that might not otherwise have emerged: that is the mission Polytechnique Montréal had in mind when it created the Week of the White Rose in 2014.

Over the years, the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities. During this annual fundraising campaign, Polytechnique invites members of its community and the general public, as well as corporations, to make a donation by giving loved ones or clients the gift of virtual roses through the whiteroseweek.org site. All funds raised go to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp, to provide girls from less affluent communities with the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities.

Give the gift of white roses and let the future bloom

  • One rose ($10) pays for transportation for a girl to attend a science activity.
  • A bouquet of 14 roses ($50) funds a science activity in an elementary school classroom.
  • A bouquet of 25 roses ($150) pays for a girl to attend a week-long Folie Technique science day camp in the summer.

Since its creation, the Week of the White Rose has raised approximately $40,000 and enabled more than 3,200 young girls to be part of classroom science workshops and attend the Folie Technique summer camp. However, demand far outweighs this non-profit organization’s supply: there are long waiting lists for these popular “all-girl” groups.

Although they make up more than half the population, the number of Canadian women undertaking careers in engineering remains low. According to Engineers Canada, less than 12% of practising licensed engineers in the country are women. In 1989, at the time of the Polytechnique tragedy, women accounted for 17% of the student population at the school. As of 2016, nearly 28% of Polytechnique students are women, and there is gender parity in many specialized fields, such as biomedical, chemical, industrial and geological engineering.

While donations reach a peak during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional website is always live, making it possible to purchase a gift of white roses at any time of the year.

With the Week of the White Rose, Polytechnique reaffirms that it will never forget, but at the same time will always look to the future.

 

OTHER COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS

Order of the White Rose scholarship ceremony

On Monday, December 5, at 2 p.m., Polytechnique will hold the second annual Order of the White Rose scholarship presentation ceremony, during which a deserving Canadian woman engineering student wishing to pursue graduate studies will receive the $30,000 award. A media advisory will be issued shortly.

Placing of bouquets of roses at the commemorative plaque

On Tuesday, December 6, at 8:30 a.m., bouquets of white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Polytechnique Board of Directors; Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique; Clara Levy-Provençal, interim President of the Polytechnique students association; and Joël Girard-Lauzière, President of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. Staff, students and members of the public are invited to gather and reflect at the site throughout the day. The commemorative plaque is outside, on the southwest façade of the main building of Polytechnique.

Beacons of light on Mount Royal

For the third year in a row, the skies above Montreal will be lit by 14 beams of light on the evening of December 6, in remembrance of the victims. Those who wish to gather and reflect may do so near the beacons in front of the Chalet on Mount Royal, near the summit in Mount Royal Park. A news release will be issued shortly by the City of Montreal.

 

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 45,700 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. The institution offers more than 120 programs. Polytechnique has 250 professors and over 8,200 students. It has an annual operating budget of more than $210 million, including a research budget exceeding $70 million.

 

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Principal and Chair of the Board of Directors of Polytechnique and the school’s first woman graduate in civil engineering
A young Folie Technique camper
Julie Doucet Lamoureux, Executive Director of Folie Technique

Thank-you video from young Folie Technique campers

INFORMATION
Interview requests
Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

Information
Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003
514 944-8689
apeltier@ca.inter.net

 

27
Nov 2015

Second edition of Polytechnique Montréal’s Week of the White Rose will be held from November 30 to December 6, 2015

December 6 – “It is by believing in roses that you make them bloom.”
- ANATOLE FRANCE [...]

The Week of the White Rose was established by Polytechnique Montréal last year with a mission: to give virtual roses and help promote the “blooming” of promising talent and to stimulate an interest in the sciences that might not otherwise have emerged. By creating a hope-filled annual event on the 25th anniversary of the dark tragedy that forever marked the institution, Polytechnic reaffirmed that it would never forget, but at the same time would always look to the future.

Polytechnique Montréal is once again calling on its entire community and the general public to buy virtual white roses. This fundraiser gives young girls from disadvantaged and multiethnic backgrounds the opportunity to develop a positive attitude toward science and engineering.

A first successful edition: 2,700 students reached!

The first edition of the Week of the White Rose raised some $25,000, helping to provide scholarships to 20 young schoolgirls to attend Polytechnique’s Folie Technique science day camp. Another 70 girls participated in the camp’s Codemakers activity, in partnership with Google, to learn more about computer programming. In addition, 1,500 elementary school girls participated in classroom science workshops and more than 1,000 female high school students attended interactive mathematics workshops. The Week of the White Rose also enabled the holding of an after-school science club, while seven classes from elementary schools located in disadvantaged areas of Montréal had the opportunity to host a robotics club.

“Two of my 5th-grade students won a scholarship to Folie Technique camp this year thanks to their science fair project,” says Julia Laporta, an elementary school teacher in Montréal. “Donations to the Week of the White Rose provided tangible help for them to discover the world of science, realize their potential, develop interests and come into contact with the university milieu. But most of all, they realized that all this is accessible to them, and they learned more about the various engineering sectors and about the qualifications required to become an engineer.”

As the Holiday season approaches, companies are also being asked to offer white roses as a corporate gift. Last year, instead of sending a traditional calendar for the new year, one Québec company made a $2,000 donation to the Week of the White Rose. The company’s customers welcomed the gesture and the initiative enabled several girls to participate in science activities during the year.

The Week of the White Rose provides an opportunity for a collective moment of reflection, contemplation and remembrance that offers renewed vigour and gives the next generation of engineers the energy and strength they need. While the activities culminate every year during the week leading up to December 6, the Week of the White Rose transactional web site is always live, making it possible to purchase virtual white roses at any time of the year.

 

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 43,000 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, and has 265 professors and more than 8,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200 million, including an $80-million research budget.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through creative, interactive and accessible activities.More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

25
Feb 2015

$25,000 raised to encourage the next generation of women engineers. Thank you!

To mark the 25th anniversary of the December 6, 1989, tragedy, Polytechnique Montréal last fall launched the Week of the White Rose, an annual fundraiser with the theme “The future blooms in our hands,” during which the institution encourages its own community and the general public to donate by buying and giving virtual white roses. [...]

For its inaugural edition, the Week of the White Rose campaign raised $25,000, which will be given to Polytechnique Montréal’s Folie Technique science day camp, in order to introduce girls from disadvantaged and multiethnic communities to engineering and science.

“What a lovely story!” Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Chair of the Board of Directors and Principal of Polytechnique Montréal, exclaimed with emotion. “Nearly 400 people bought white roses to tell someone ‘I love you.’” Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire, the first woman to graduate from Polytechnique, in civil engineering, added: “This money will enable little girls to attend Folie Technique and to discover that they have extraordinary scientific talent.”

Folie Technique Director Marie-Claude Hamel thanked all those who gave, saying: “Your donations will enable us to provide 50 camp scholarships to young girls, to open an extracurricular science club in a high school, to reach two more classes with the Robot techno project, to take part in local Science Fairs and to offer free in-class science workshops.”

Ms. Hamel added: “Girls and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds often lack confidence in their own abilities to succeed with science projects. Folie Technique’s activities are designed to promote a positive attitude among girls toward these fields and sufficient self-confidence for them to consider a career in science one day.”

And Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire concluded with: “Because of you, we have been able to transform a sad event into something promising for the future. We are in the process of building ourselves a tomorrow that we will be very proud of. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Although in the coming years Week of the White Rose fundraising activities will culminate during the week prior to December 6, white roses can be bought throughout the year at http://roseblanche.org.

In addition to the Week of the White Rose campaign, Polytechnique has created a $30,000 scholarship called the Order of the White Rose. The competition for the first edition of the scholarship was launched earlier this month in all Canadian engineering schools and faculties. The scholarship will be awarded annually by Polytechnique Montréal to a woman student who wishes to pursue her passion for engineering by enrolling in a graduate program (master’s or doctoral level) at the institution of her choice, in Canada or elsewhere in the world. The name of the first Order of the White Rose scholarship winner will be announced in December 2015.

These initiatives will never change the past, but they celebrate the importance of developing the inspiring young talents of today and tomorrow. The engineering profession, and society as a whole, need all the talents of women and men who can contribute.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 43,000 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, and has 265 professors and more than 8,000 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $200 million, including an $80-million research budget.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology, through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

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Interviews and videos: https://vimeo.com/120504768

Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bddihdadu5w8v9f/AABZJh8GRogENbfxf_vZLCnda?dl=0

INFORMATION

Interviews
Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

 

01
Dec 2014

“Say it with white roses”

Polytechnique Montréal Week of the White Rose: part of the events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the tragedy of December 6, 1989 [...]

Montréal, Monday, December 1, 2014 – Show your love for someone close to you by giving them the gift of virtual white roses, and at the same time help introduce young girls from disadvantaged communities to the world of science. That’s the idea behind the Polytechnique Montréal Week of the White Rose, which begins today, Monday, December 1, 2014. The roses can be purchased on the Week of the White Rose secure e-commerce site at whiteroseweek.org.

An initiative to benefit Folie Technique science camp

This not-for-profit initiative was created by Polytechnique Montréal to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy of December 6, 1989, as a means of giving encouragement to the next generation of female science and engineering students. All funds raised will go to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp, to allow it to host even larger numbers of young girls from less affluent communities.

“Confidence in their own abilities to succeed in science is often more fragile among girls and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Folie Technique Director Marie-Claude Hamel. “We promote a positive attitude among girls toward these fields and sufficient self-confidence for them to consider a career in science one day. These young people are also the future that is blooming.”

The gift of white roses: an elegant, socially conscious gesture of affection

Marking a birthday or anniversary in a special way, sending Holiday wishes, expressing admiration or gratitude, making a gesture of solidarity to encourage young female science and engineering students—these are some of the reasons why individuals and companies may want to buy virtual roses.

  • A $10 donation will buy one rose and pay transportation for a girl to attend a science activity;
  • A $50 donation will buy 14 roses and fund a science activity in an elementary school classroom;
  • A $150 donation will buy 25 roses and enable a girl to attend a one-week science day camp during the summer.

The Fondation de Polytechnique will issue income tax receipts upon request.

A permanent activity

In coming years, Polytechnique will promote the Week of the White Rose during the week prior to December 6. The website, however, will be accessible at all times.

Other initiatives on campus marking the 25th anniversary of December 6, 1989

The Order of the White Rose: a $30,000 Canada-wide scholarship

In tribute to the victims, the wounded, the faculty members and the employees and students who were at the heart of the tragedy, Polytechnique has created a $30,000 graduate studies scholarship to be known as the Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose. It will be awarded annually to a woman engineering student who wishes to enrol in a graduate program (master’s or doctoral level) at the institution of her choice, in Canada or elsewhere in the world.

Information: orderwhiterose.org.

Placing of a bouquet of white roses at the commemorative plaque at Polytechnique on Saturday, December 6, at 1 p.m.

A bouquet of 14 white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Chair of the Polytechnique Montréal Board of Directors; Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique; Romain Gayet, President of the Polytechnique students’ association; and Raphaël Beamonte, President of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. On this occasion, the flags in front of the institution will fly at half-mast.

Concert by the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, under conductor Jean-François Rivest, will perform En souvenir d’elles, a special work in memory of the victims of the tragedy, at the Faculty of Music’s Salle Claude-Champagne.

Information: calendrier.umontreal.ca/musique/

All of these initiatives will never alter the past, but they celebrate the importance of developing the inspiring talents of today and tomorrow. The engineering profession and society as a whole need all the talents of women and men who can contribute to it.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 41,400 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, has 248 professors and more than 7,500 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $210 million, including a $82-million research budget.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology, through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

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Interviews and clips: http://goo.gl/Aqi9Kr

INFORMATION

Interviews
Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

Québec media
Andrée Peltier
514 846-0003
514 944-8689
apeltier@ca.inter.net

Canadian media (outside Québec)
Ann Bois
514 995-5141
ann.bois@polymtl.ca

31
Oct 2014

“We will continue building, but we will never forget!”

25 years after the tragedy, Polytechnique Montréal launches the Order of the White Rose and the Week of the White Rose. [...]

Montréal, Friday, October 31, 2014 – “We will continue building, but we will never forget,” is the inspiring message from engineer Nathalie Provost, who was wounded on December 6, 1989, the day the formerly peaceful lives of Polytechnique students turned tragic.

Even though 25 years have passed since the Polytechnique massacre, when the lives of 14 young women were ended by bullets fired by a crazed gunman, the event will never fade into the past for the victims’ families, nor for those who were wounded or the witnesses to this horrible tragedy.

Each anniversary marking this terrible event has brought its share of sadness and bewilderment. Over time, it has also brought its share of hope. For Polytechnique, the memory lives on. Driven by a duty of remembrance, the Polytechnique community is ready now to transform the memory of this dark page in its history into a new chapter. To mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy of December 6, 1989, Polytechnique is launching two initiatives that it wants to see become permanent.

Order of the White Rose: a $30,000 Canada-wide scholarship

The white rose has, over the years, become the symbol of Polytechnique’s commemorative activities. On December 6, 2014, this symbol of peace will become the image for future annual events.

In tribute to the victims, the wounded, the faculty members and the employees and students who were at the heart of the tragedy, Polytechnique has created a scholarship to be known as the Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose. Information will be available as of October 31, 2014, at www.orderwhiterose.org.

This $30,000 scholarship will be awarded annually by the Polytechnique administration to a woman engineering student who wishes to pursue her passion for engineering by enrolling in a graduate program (master’s or doctoral level) at the institution of her choice, in Canada or elsewhere in the world. During this first year, a call for applications will be launched at Canadian universities that offer engineering programs. The name of the first winner will be announced in December 2015.

Inspiring ambassadors

With great pleasure and goodwill, Nathalie Provost has agreed to be “Godmother of the Order of the White Rose” and of this scholarship, and Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, Chair of the Polytechnique Montréal Board of Directors and the first woman to graduate in civil engineering from Polytechnique in 1963, has consented to chair the selection committee.

“I am very touched that the Order of the White Rose is a scholarship created in honour of my sisters, whose right to practice the wonderful art of engineering was taken away from them,” Ms. Provost says. “In addition to honouring their memory, the scholarship is a helping hand extended to the next generation, and will enable a young woman to go a step further in fulfilling her dream of becoming an engineer.”

For her part, Ms. Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire – the first woman to hold the position of Chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal – states: “If I were a young women receiving the Order of the White Rose, I would feel privileged to be able to perpetuate the legacy of women engineers and to add my contribution to our society’s scientific heritage. I hope the first recipient will feel this pride.”

A prestigious jury

Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire will chair the scholarship selection committee. The other members are:

  • Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary;
  • Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University;
  • Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering of the University of Toronto;
  • Patrik Doucet, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke;
  • Joshua Leon, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of Dalhousie University;
  • Pearl Sullivan, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Waterloo; and
  • Kimberly A. Woodhouse, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science of Queen’s University.

Week of the White Rose to benefit Folie Technique science camp

Once again using the white rose symbol, this year Polytechnique will inaugurate the Week of the White Rose. This is an annual fundraising drive whose theme will be “The future blooms in our hands.” Polytechnique will be inviting its community and the general public to make donations by buying virtual white roses.

All funds collected will go initially to Folie Technique, Polytechnique’s science day camp, to provide girls from less affluent communities with an introduction to science and engineering. The Week of the White Rose website will go live on October 31 at whiteroseweek.org.

“Confidence in their own abilities to succeed in science is often more fragile among girls and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Folie Technique Director Marie-Claude Hamel. “We promote a positive attitude among girls toward these fields and sufficient self-confidence for them to consider a career in science one day. These young people are also the future that is blooming.”

A permanent activity

In coming years, Polytechnique will promote the Week of the White Rose in the week prior to December 6. The website, however, will be accessible at all times. People from all backgrounds and all walks of life can visit it to purchase and give white roses to a loved one on a special occasion. Businesses can do the same to mark a corporate anniversary or to send year-end best wishes, for example. Income receipts will be issued by the Fondation de Polytechnique upon request.

  • A $10 donation will buy one rose and pay transportation for a girl to attend a science activity;
  • A $50 donation will buy 14 roses and fund a science activity in an elementary school classroom;
  • A $150 donation will buy 25 roses and enable a girl to attend a one-week science day camp during the summer.

Other initiatives

On Saturday, December 6, at 7 :30 p.m., the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, under conductor Jean-François Rivest, will present En souvenir d’elles, a concert marking the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, at the Faculty of Music’s Salle Claude-Champagne www.calendrier.umontreal.ca/musique/.

In its fall 2014 issue, POLY magazine presents a major post-tragedy feature report. It includes accounts and thoughts from women and men who experienced the event up close. The issue will be online (in French only) at http://kiosque.polymtl.ca/.

Finally, and also on Saturday, December 6, a bouquet of 14 white roses will be placed at the commemorative plaque by Ms. Thibodeau-DeGuire; Christophe Guy, CEO of Polytechnique; Romain Gayet, President of the Polytechnique students’ association; and Raphaël Beamonte, President of the Polytechnique graduate students’ association. On this occasion, the flags in front of the institution will fly at half-mast.

All of these initiatives will never alter the past, but they celebrate the importance of developing the inspiring talents of today and tomorrow. The engineering profession and society as a whole need all the talents of women and men who can contribute to it.

About Polytechnique Montréal

Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering university in Québec for the size of its graduate student body and the scope of its research activities. With over 41,400 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering specialties, has 248 professors and more than 7,500 students. It has an annual operating budget of over $210 million, including a $82-million research budget.

About Folie Technique

Folie Technique is a non-profit organization established in 1991 at the initiative of engineering students at Polytechnique Montréal. Its mission is to give young people the opportunity to explore the worlds of science, mathematics, engineering and technology, through creative, interactive and accessible activities. More than 20,000 young people aged 7 to 17 take part in Folie Technique’s activities every year.

Interviews and clips: http://goo.gl/HTqm8R

Interviews
Annie Touchette
Polytechnique Montréal
514 231-8133
annie.touchette@polymtl.ca

On the 25th anniversary of the tragic events of December 6, 1989, Polytechnique Montréal presented the very first edition of the Week of the White Rose. This annual fundraiser, to benefit Polytechnique Montréal’s science camp, Folie Technique, is aimed at giving girls from disadvantaged communities the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities, through the sale of virtual white roses.