Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

SMITH, Cecil Brunswick , b. 13 March 1865, Winona Ont.; d. 30 June 1912, Toronto. Educated at Hamilton Collegiate Institute, he was graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in 1884, and began his career that year as resident engineer on the Northern and Pacific Junction Railway. He worked on the St. Catharines and Niagara Central Railway for two years beginning in 1886, and then was locating engineer for the Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo Railway (1889). In 1893, he became an assistant professor of civil engineering, McGill, receiving its first Master of Engineering degree in 1894. His articles on railway engineering, published in the Canadian Engineer, were reprinted as Railroad Engineering (1899), the standard textbook on the subject. In 1899, he was appointed assistant city engineer, Toronto, and, in 1901, as resident engineer of the Canadian Niagara Power Company, planned and built the Ontario Power Company Hydro-Electric Generating Plant. In 1905, he was appointed chief engineer of the Ontario Hydro-Electric Commission, as well as chairman of the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway. In 1906, he was in charge of construction of the Point Du Bois Hydro-Electric Plant, Winnipeg. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, he won the CSCE's Gzowski Medal in 1905, and was elected vice president the following year. An Anglican and a Conservative, he belonged to the Albany Club and the Engineers' Club of Toronto. "No Canadian engineer," observed Electrical News, "has had so varied an experience in all the branches of engineering... ."

Dmytro Bodak