Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

KEITH, Fraser Sanderson, b. 8 June 1878, Smiths Falls, Ont; d. 28 Oct. 1958, Smiths Falls. A McGill University electrical engineering graduate (B Sc 1903), he edited various trade and technical journals, worked in Vancouver’s concrete industry (1908-1915), then returned to editorial work in eastern Canada. In 1917, he became the general secretary of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, and, in an attempt to unite the profession and improve its status, oversaw the CSCE’s transition to the Engineering Institute of Canada (1918). He designed and inaugurated The Engineering Journal (1918), serving as its first editor from 1918 to 1925. During his tenure as general secretary, the EIC doubled its membership, increased the number of its branches and helped create several provincial engineering licensing associations. In 1924, he was the official Canadian delegate to the First World Power Conference, London, England. He resigned as general secretary in 1925 to work for the Shawinigan Water and Power Company, retiring in 1944. He belonged to a number of charitable, educational and arts organizations. On 7 Dec. 1908, he married Mildred Beatrice Lloyd.

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