24 years

Never forgotten.
  • Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student
  • Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student
  • Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student
  • Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique’s finance department
  • Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student
  • Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student
  • Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student
  • Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student
  • Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student
  • Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student
  • Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student



  1. Nice one Chris. Thanks – rmd

    Ps – Merry Christmas

  2. This is my response to the long email thread on introverts I have ignored until this evening.

    Gosh, Chris, I have been getting emails notifying me each time there has been a comment in this conversation, which kinda got started with me. I ignored the emails until just now. I often don’t read emails. Some days, I am overloaded.

    Today, however, I guess I was feeling grounded, happy, safe, whatever it is that I need and I quite enjoyed reading all this thread.

    I have a design suggestion, which, I think, but I am not sure, was used at the evolutionary salon you attended at the Whidbey Institute (or was that Practice of Peace or both?), the evo salon was in 2006, PoP in 2003 (I may be introverted because I am compelled to remember lots of detail which I think takes effort that I don’t really acknowledge — I wish I wouldn’t remember details so much for I believe it keeps me out of the present. . . . but that’s another topic). . .

    a simple design tool, and a good one, imho, for ANY meeting or event a conversation between friends is to announce that at any time, anyone at the event can ask for a moment of silence. No reactivity to the request. Don’t ask the person why they are asking for a moment of silence, Just give them one. It is usually an impulse that arises from the whole group and one person is guided to voice it. Thank them, take a brief moment or two of silence and move on.

    Another kind of silence. One of my most important mentors was Kathie Dannemiller whose been gone over 10 years. Kathie is considered one of the founders of the field of OD and I had the great gift of working with her daily for two years. Kathie was as extroverted as a human gets, I think. And when she started her consulting career, she was still an academic at the U. of MI and she partnered up with an internal OD VP at Ford, whose name I forget. Those two women were pistols. Oh my gosh were they extroverted. But both of them were brilliant and knew introverts existed, altho they didn’t really get them. Most of Kathie’s partners in her consulting firm were introverts. She used to tell me “I pity you introverts. Life must be so hard.” I never had the nerve to tell her I pitied her her extreme extroversion.

    Note: Kathy was literally referred to, in many profession OD journals, as ‘the Annie Oaklay of OD”. One of my favorite takeaways from my time working with her: she dropped the F-bomb constantly and I tend to. I was so grateful to be mentored by a powerful, pushy broad, which I am, but I am introverted and unlikely to ever not be.

    Now, the story: I did an event with Kathy and her Ford OD executive who was, by then, retired. Don’t remember what the event was. I remember this: Kathy and her pal laid out their agenda, asked a question to get the day’s dialogue going and then they both said, raucously, “but first we’ll take a little “I” time because introverts need a little time to think before they answer questions” and then they raucously and loudly chatted throughout the entire “I” time and they were funny, entertaining women and no introvert got any “I” time. It was the Kathy and her pal show.

    All storytelling aside, a reason to ask a group a question and then give folks a chance to reflect in silence before answering is to respectfully acknowledge the introverts. Don’t make fun of them, as kathy did, although she felt her mocking was all in good fun. Her mocking did not offend me because I was very close to her, knew she loved me a lot and respsected me but if I were at an event where a stranger facilitating mocked introverts, I would shrink inside myself for the whole event.

    It is frustrating for the extroverts to have those pauses to reflect but if we’re going to create a world that works for everyone we have to design collaborative events that work for everyone, right?

    My thoughts for the day.