Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

HAYWARD, Robert Francis , b. 7 Nov. 1865, Harrow England; d. 10 April 1924, London. Educated at the Engineering School, University of London, he was apprenticed at Crompton and Company in Chelmsford (1885), rising to works' manager. In 1889 he was general manager of the Salt Lake and Ogden Gas and Electric Light Company, and, in 1894, chief engineer of the Utah Light and Railway Company. He built nearly 200 miles of transmission lines in the state. From 1896 to 1905, he was general manager of the Mexican Light and Power Company, Mexico City, constructing and operating a 40,000 horse power hydro-electric power plant, and a 175 mile transmission line. In 1909, he was appointed general manager and chief engineer of the Western Canada Power Company, Vancouver, and designed and supervised the construction of the Stave Falls hydro-electric plant (1912) in Mission, B.C. With a 54,000 horsepower capacity, this plant was later named a national historic site; Hayward Reservoir, near Stave Falls, was named in his honour. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, he joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (as a full member), in 1914, and served as chairman, CSCE Vancouver Branch the following year. He was an Anglican and belonged to the Vancouver Club. In 1892, he married Mary Toulmin and they had three sons. Hayward's plant at Stave Falls was a landmark feat of engineering, the workhorse of the embryonic electrical system that powered the growth of British Columbia.

Brian R. S. Crowley