The two dozen or so people who attended the brief outdoor ceremony stood in silence, some wiping away tears as they remembered the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot the 14 women to death and injured 14 other people on December 6, 1989.
On that day 28 years ago, a man methodically killed more than a dozen women simply because they were women.
"It's with the presence of those women and all the women who were in engineering before us that we're able to study", she said after the ceremony.
"And every year, white roses were brought here at the door of polytechnique".
"From something terrible, something attractive came out", she said.
This year, alongside the mayor of Montreal will be Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Quebec's deputy premiere Dominique Anglade, who will be visiting for the memorial service.
A Vigil to Remember will be held at the Women's Monument in Minto Park on Elgin Street at 6 p.m.to remember the 14 female victims of the Montreal Massacre.
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Markham is the first municipality in the region to proclaim December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence against Women, Regional Coun.
On this day in 1989, 14 women were shot and killed at Ecole Polytechnique by gunman Marc Lepine, 14 other people were injured in the attack.
She says opening up the dialogue and changing attitudes is what has to happen in order to make the changes necessary moving forward.
"That day was a senseless act of violence which shocked the country and the world", said Trudeau.
"Today is a day to reflect on the reality that violence against women and girls remains pervasive in our society".
"I think it's an award that stems from a frightful tragedy, and I think this is an excellent way to try to turn that around years later and make something positive of the fact that women are now recognized as making important contributions in engineering", she said.