Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

MCCONNELL, Brian Douglas , b. 29 Feb. 1836, Gaspe Basin, Lower Canada; d. 13 July 1930, North Bay, Ont. Educated in Quebec City (1846-53), McConnell was articled to land surveyor Robert Hayden in 1853, and began engineering work in T. C. Keefer's office the following year. He worked on the construction of the Montreal Aqueduct, the Montreal Harbour (1863), and the Quebec Harbour in 1863. He was among the original 18 engineers to survey the route of the proposed Canadian Pacific Railway along the north shore of Lake Superior for the Dominion government in 1878. He returned to Montreal to become the superintendent of the city's waterworks until 1892. From 1893 to 1896, he was resident engineer for the city of Westmount, and then entered private practice until 1916. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, the New England Water Works Association and the Church of England.

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