It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Monique Michaud Michrowski, at the age of 85, on the morning of September 17, 2023.
She was an accomplished Professor of Design (Université du Québec à Montréal) and was involved in such projects as Place Ville-Marie, the Montreal Court House, the Scarborough Civic Centre and the Toronto Municipal Library.
She studied at the Politecnico di Milano, the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung in Ulm, Ottawa University (Law) and at Université de Montreal (Applied Sciences – Architecture).
Some of her Italian product designs are currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York and include the first portable TV set circa 1962, using the then advanced special plastics and molding technologies.
She pioneered the Italian concept of open office planning at such locations as Place du Centre (Phase 1) in Hull Gatineau) and at the National Defence headquarters in Ottawa with Public Works Canada (Bureau of Management Consulting) where workstation strategies were introduced for maximum teamwork creativity, enhanced interaction and efficacy.
With the advent of video display terminals in the mid 1970s and civilian telecommunications in the 1990s, she witnessed and searched to understand the nature of the phenomenon of electrosensitivity with thousands of individuals. Thus, she co-operated with scientists and engineers worldwide who had developed the first consumer-friendly electric and magnetic field meters as well as have developed various modalities that help alleviate the adverse effects of electromagnetic field emissions.
This led to the formation of her company, Essentia, which was created to cater to this novel demand with carefully reviewed tools. Associated with this quest was her international initiatives to academically propagate scientific as well as popular awareness. She used Essentia as a platform from which to publish many reports on electrosensitivity. She also participated in many international conferences which focussed on such issues as indoor air quality and sick building syndromes.
Monique was Secretary-Treasurer of the Planetary Associ ation for Clean Energy (PACE) and served therein to promote clean and ethical technology and the human rights for disabled environmental hypersensitivity.
She will be greatly missed by her friends and family, including her loving husband Andrew Michrowski
For more information about Essentia, a company which offers a range of products for protection and detection of electromagnetic pollution, visit: www.essentia.ca
Editor’s note: Please post your condolences in the Comments section below. Thanks very much, Julia Woodford
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