Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

HAULTAIN, Herbert Edward Terrick, b. 9 Aug. 1869, Brighton, England; d. 19 Sept. 1961, Toronto. Settling in Peterborough Ont. in 1875, he earned a B.Sc. from the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto (1889), and did post-graduate work in London and Freiburg, Germany, acquiring practical mining experience, and designing the first electric mining hoist used in Europe. Returning to the University of Toronto to earn a CE in 1900, he managed the Canadian Corundum Works in Craigmont, Ont. (1905), and, in 1908 was appointed professor of mining and engineering at Toronto, where he remained for over 30 years. He originated and volunteered to implement a programme of occupational therapy for disabled First World War veterans, and with the help of Rudyard Kipling, developed the Iron Ring Ceremony, a secret ritual for Canadian engineers since 1925. In 1937, he invented the Superpanner and Infrasizer, instruments used to make ore dressing more efficient, and retired from teaching the following year to focus on mining research. He belonged to the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and was active in the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, chairing its most important committee, the Committee on Society Affairs, responsible for transforming the CSCE into the Engineering Institute of Canada (1918), which sought to increase the professional standing of engineers through public service, greater publicity and licensing. In 1925, he was elected president of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, and was a co-founder of the Technical Service Council of Ontario, formed to keep engineers working in Canada. He received the CIMM’s Randolph Bruce gold medal for his contribution to mining.

Brian R. S. Crowley