Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

MCNAB, William , b. 1855, Scotland; d. 23 Feb. 1923, Montreal. Coming to Canada as a youth, McNab was educated at the McGill Model School and the Montreal Collegiate School. In 1870, he worked as an indentured pupil for the Grand Trunk Railway on the construction of the International Bridge connecting Fort Erie and Buffalo; the Lewiston and Aubum Railway (Maine); Union Station (Toronto), and the Ferry Docks at Point Edward, Ont. From 1875 to 1885, he worked on GTR surveys, in Toronto, Michigan, in addition to Terminal Station (Montreal) and the Victoria Bridge (Montreal). In 1887, he became chief draughtsman, and, nine years later, assistant engineer. In 1907, he was appointed principal assistant engineer, then valuation engineer (1916), and, in 1918, chairman of the valuation committee. He belonged to the American Society of Civil Engineers and joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887, serving as its librarian from 1891 to 1899. He was also a member of the St. Andrew's Society, the Caledonia Society and the Montreal Amateur Athletic Society.

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