Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

MITCHELL, Charles Hamilton , b. 18 Feb. 1872, Petrolia Ont.; d. 26 Aug. 1941, Toronto. Receiving a B.A.Sc. (1892) and a civil engineering degree (1898) from the University of Toronto, he was appointed city engineer of Niagara Falls N.Y. (1894-1901), then principal assistant engineer of the Ontario Power Company, Niagara Falls, Ont. (1905). In 1906, he studied electrical power in Europe. From 1906 to 1914, he designed and built hydro-electric power plants throughout Canada, and was a consulting engineer to the Dominion Water Power Branch, Department of the Interior (1911-1914 and 1919-1920). In 1919, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, retiring in 1941. He was appointed to the Royal Commission on Radial Railways (Ont.), and, in 1924, served on a joint Canadian-American board of engineers studying the St. Lawrence Waterway Project. In1894, he joined the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), was elected vice-president (1920-1923) and became president in 1929. He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and, in 1922, became the first president of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. He received an LL.D. (University of Toronto, 1919) and a Doctor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology (N.Y.) in 1922. During the First World War, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force on the General Staff (Intelligence), rising to Brigadier-General (1918), and, then, worked for a year in the War Office, London. He was awarded a D.S.O. (1916), C.M.G. (1917), and C.B. (1918). He belonged to the National, York, Arts and Letters clubs, and the Toronto Chamber Music Society. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club and the Canadian Alpine Club. An Anglican, he married Myra Ethlyn Stanton in 1901.

Graham Fischer