Skip to main content

'We are devastated by this tragic loss'

Read a message from Concordia President Graham Carr about the recent tragedy in Iran
January 9, 2020

The Concordia community mourns the 176 lives lost in the tragic crash of Flight PS752 this past Wednesday.

Among the victims were Siavash Ghafouri-Azar and Sara Mamani — two of our alumni who recently completed their master’s degrees from the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering.

They were married in Iran just before the tragic accident occurred on their flight back to Canada.

Sixty-three Canadians died in the crash, including many members of our country’s higher education community.

We are devastated by this tragic loss of life. Our sympathies are with the victims’ families and friends, and with their colleagues and classmates from Concordia and our fellow academic institutions across the country.

I invite you to participate in the following commemorations:

A vigil will be held tonight (January 9, 2020) at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Guy-De Maisonneuve (GM) Building, organized by the Iranian Student Association of Concordia University and the Engineering and Computer Science Graduate Association at Concordia along with the McGill Iranian Student Association.

A private memorial service will be held Friday (January 10, 2020) from 4 to 7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV 2.260), organized by the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering. Rev. Ellie Hummel will preside over the service.

If you need someone to talk to, for any reason, Concordia has people ready to listen. Please visit the International Students OfficeMulti-Faith and Spirituality CentreHealth Services, or/and Counselling and Psychological Services.

Students can also call Empower Me at 1-833-628-5589.

Employees can contact Employee Assistant Program Services at 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).


Graham Carr,
Concordia President

Learn more about how Concordia offers support in times of need.


Back to top

© Concordia University