Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

CHACE, William Gregory , b. 16 May 1875, Lincoln, Ont.; d. 12 July 1937, Toronto. Educated at St. Catharines Collegiate Institute and the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto (BA. Sc. 1903), he taught in different Ontario public schools before joining the Niagara Power Company. In 1904, he was appointed engineer-in-charge of construction of the hydro-electric power plant for the International Railway Company, Niagara Falls, Ont., and from 1905 to 1906, worked on preliminary surveys for the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. In 1907, he prepared a report for the City of Toronto that led to the establishment of the Toronto Hydro-Electric System. He was chief engineer on the construction of the Municipal Hydro-Electric Power System at Point-du-Bois, Winnipeg (1908-1911), and then did similar work in the USA. From late1913 to 1920, he was chief engineer for the Shoal Lake Aqueduct, Greater Winnipeg Water District, later studying the properties and utilization of reinforced concrete pipe. In 1928, he reported on Saskatchewanís electric power supply system, afterwards supervising the construction of two private central steam heating plants for Winnipeg. He also worked on other hydro-electric projects for mining companies in Quebec, Manitoba and BC. He served as a councillor of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed the Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918) from 1915 to 1917, chaired the Winnipeg Branch (1915-1916), and was elected EIC vice president, 1920, 1921. He belonged also to the Institution of Electrical Engineers of Great Britain, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. In 1911, he was awarded the EICís Gzowski Medal for his work on the Winnipeg Aqueduct. He was a member of the Engineersí Club (Toronto) and the Carleton and Assiniboine Clubs, Winnipeg. A Presbyterian, he married Margaret Grant McKerracher in 1905.

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