Break the Silence!










On behalf of the London IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)Young Professional (YP) and IEEE UWO Student Branch we invite you to attend our upcoming event, "Break the Silence! Remember, reflect, and respond: 33 years after the Montreal Massacre” at Western University, London, ON. With this event, we commemorate the 14 brave women whose lives tragically ended on December 6, 1989, in the unfortunate École Polytechnique massacre. It also includes motivational talk by two prominent leadership coaches: Andy Thibodeau and Pauline Duncan-Thrasher and an enriching panel discussion consisting of 12 faculty members from various departments of Engineering.

Our goal is to bring together experts and bright minds with varied experience and conduct idea-focused discussion on a wide range of subjects that foster learning and inspiration to everyone and particularly promote more women engineers/scientists. 







  Date and Time




  • Date: 08 Dec 2022
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Spencer Engineering Building SEB
Room # 1200
Western Road, Western Road. 
London, ON Canada

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  • Western University, Western Road
  • London, Ontario
  • Canada N6A 5B9
  • Building: Spencer Engineering Building
  • Room Number: 1200
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  • Co-sponsored by IEEE London Section
  • Starts 22 November 2022 12:00 AM
  • Ends 07 December 2022 11:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • No Admission Charge


Program: “Break The Silence”

    1. Greet & Welcome - Networking & Socializing (Refreshments) (5:00) 
    2. Introduction about the event/Topic of the event. (5:30) 
      1. Reminds the audience of the massacre of Montreal

    3. Dr. Winnie Ye  WIE Canada Chair via zoom (5:35)
    4. Dr. Dennis Michaelson - Opening Speech to deliver a few words on behalf of IEEE London Section (5:45)
    5. One moment of Silence (5:56)
    6. Keynote (Speaker) Presentation -  Pauline Duncan-Thrasher "The Greatest Power" (6:00) 
    7. Keynote Andy Thibodeau "Initiate Inclusion by Invitation" – Engineering Problem Solvers for Today and Tomorrow! " (6:15)
    8.  ~ Break ~ refreshments and snacks  (6:30) (25m)
    9.  Panel to take share experiences about women in engineering including the keynote. (7:00 pm)
    10. Female Panelists

      Male Panelists

      1. Dr. Lauren Briens
      2. Dr. Fang (Fiona) Fang
      3. Dr. Mita Ray
      4. Dr. Sabina Rakhimbekova
      5. Dr. K. Ogden
      6. Dr. Ali Shaima

      1. Dr. Gregory Kopp
      2. Dr. Grima Bitsuamlak
      3. Dr. Kenneth McIsaac
      4. Dr. Abdallah Shami 
      5. Dr. Aleksander Essex
      6. Dr. Apurva Narayan

    11. Q&A (With Audience)
    12. Close remark (8:30)








Please Registration is required.