After nearly 150 years of existence, Polytechnique Montréal will be led by a woman, a graduate of this school: Maud Cohen. Karyne Lefebvre receives her to discuss her new role and the function of genius in our society.
“I approach leadership the same way wherever I am. I try to engage people in the decision-making processes,” says Maud Cohen, who has held executive positions in companies.
” An institution like Polytechnique Montréal must really train the engineers of tomorrow, citizen human beings who must be able to provide solutions to the most important problems that we can experience. That’s the definition of genius. »
This former president of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec also wishes to continue to ensure the reputation of Polytechnique Montréal as a research institution.
The tragedy of 1989
The history of women at Polytechnique Montréal is of course marked by the events of December 6, 1989. Maud Cohen intended to study medicine, but “the events at Polytechnique happened and [lui] made the genius known.
In 1991, when Maud Cohen arrived at Polytechnique Montréal, 20% of female students were on the school benches. This year, 30% will graduate from the establishment. “I want it to be a welcoming profession; I want women to be there,” says Maud Cohen.