Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

SURVEYER, Arthur , b. 17 Dec. 1878, Montreal; d. 17 April 1961, Montreal. A graduate of Laval University (BA 1898) and the l'Ecole Polytechnique (C.E., BA.Sc 1902), he took a post-graduate course at l'Ecole d'Industrie et des Mines du Hainaut, Mons, Belgium, and began his career in 1904 with the Department of Public Works as an assistant engineer on the Georgian Bay Ship Canal. In 1909, he was supervising engineer of construction of the Port Arthur Dry Dock, and later reported on several hydro-electric projects on the St. Lawrence. In May 1911, he went into private practice designing and supervising hydro-electric projects, and, in 1912, helped prepare Canada's case against the Chicago Drainage Canal Diversion. An authority on river and harbour improvements, hydraulic developments, and the valuation of utilities and industries, he reported on numerous projects to federal, provincial and municipal governments. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, the Société des Ingénieurs de France, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada 1918), he served as a CSCE/EIC councillor from 1915 to 1921 and was elected vice president (1922) and president in 1924. He received a D.Eng. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1924), an LL.D from the University of Montreal, and the Archambault Medal for the advancement of science in 1960. He was appointed to the Honorary Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (forerunner of the National Research Council of Canada) in 1916, and was a member of the Massey Commission (1949-51), issuing a minority report recommending the protection of private broadcasters. A member of the Chamber of Commerce (Montreal) he was a director of five companies, including the Shawinigan Water & Power, and sat on the Board of the l'ecole Polytechnique. He belonged to the University Club and Le Cercle Universitaire, Montreal. He married Blanche Cholette in 1910 and they had five children.

Brian R. S. Crowley