Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

KEATING, Edward Henry, b. 6 Aug. 1844, Halifax; d. 16 June 1912, Toronto. Educated at Dalhousie College, he worked on the Truro and Pictou, the Windsor and Annapolis, and the Intercolonial railways. In 1868, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway’s exploratory survey north of Lake Superior, and, from 1872 to 1890, was, in turn, city engineer, chief engineer of waterworks, and resident chief engineer for dry docks, Halifax. Between 1891 and 1892, he was city engineer of Duluth, Minn., and from 1892 to 1898, he was both city engineer and chief engineer of waterworks responsible for major improvements to Toronto harbour. Resigning from these positions in 1898, he was appointed manager of the Toronto City Railway. Later, he was responsible for waterworks in Dartmouth, Moncton and Windsor N.S., as well as much of the sewer systems of Halifax, Truro, Dartmouth and Ottawa. In 1904, he became engineer and manager of construction of the Monterrey Railway, Light and Power company in Mexico, and in 1907, was a partner in Keating and Breithaupt Consulting Engineers, Toronto, consulting and arbitrating valuation disputes. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, and the American Society of Civil Engineers, he joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, served on its council from 1896 to 1898, was elected vice president (1899), and president in 1901. An important figure in the development of Canadian cities, the Keating Channel in Toronto Harbour was named in his honour.

Mike Wong