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List of notable or famous engineers from Canada, with bios and photos, including the top engineers born in Canada and even some popular engineers who immigrated to Canada. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Canadian engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known engineer from Canada is included when available.

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 75 (1847-1922) Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

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Elijah McCoy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. Born free in Canada, he returned as a ...more

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Gregory Chamitoff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 55 Gregory Errol Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the International Space Station on STS-124, launching 31 May 2008. He was in space 198 ...more

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Robert Thirsk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 64 Robert Brent "Bob" Thirsk, OC OBC is a Canadian engineer and physician, and a former Canadian Space Agency astronaut. He holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the ...more

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Julie Payette is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 54 Julie Payette, OC, CQ is a Canadian engineer and astronaut. Payette has completed two spaceflights, STS-96 and STS-127, logging more than 25 days in space. She served as Chief Astronaut for the ...more

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Jeffrey Skoll is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 53 Jeffrey Skoll, OC is a Canadian engineer, internet entrepreneur and film producer. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California. With an estimated net worth of $US 3.8 billion, Skoll was ...more

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Steve Mann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 56 Steven Mann is a researcher and inventor best known for his work on computational photography, particularly wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging.

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Bjarni Tryggvason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 72 Bjarni V. Tryggvason is an Icelandic-born Canadian engineer and a former NRC/CSA astronaut. He served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997, a 12-day mission to study ...more

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Gerald Bull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 62 (1928-1990) Gerald Vincent Bull was a Canadian engineer who developed long-range artillery. He moved from project to project in his quest to economically launch a satellite using a huge artillery piece, to ...more

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Alfred J. Gross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 82 (1918-2000) Alfred J. Gross, a.k.a. Irving J. Gross was a pioneer in mobile wireless communication. He created and patented many communications devices, specifically in relation to an early version of the ...more

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Adam Oates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 55 Adam Robert Oates is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and co-head coach for the New Jersey Devils. He played 19 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, St. ...more

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Sandford Fleming is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 88 (1827-1915) Sir Sandford Fleming, KCMG was a Scottish-born Canadian engineer and inventor. He proposed worldwide standard time zones, designed Canada's first postage stamp, left a huge body of surveying and ...more

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Ralph Gilles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 48 Ralph Victor Gilles is an American-Canadian automobile designer and currently the President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler. Gilles, pronounced ...more

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Gordon Cook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Gordon Cook age 39 Gordon Cook is an athlete. He represented Canada in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Bob Rock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 63 Robert Jens "Bob" Rock, is a Canadian musician, sound engineer, and record producer best known for producing bands and artists such as Simple Plan, Aerosmith, The Cult, Bon Jovi, ...more

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Daniel Lanois is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 66 Daniel Lanois is a Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Lanois has released several albums of his own work. However, he is best known for producing albums for a wide ...more

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Edwin H. Colpitts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 77 (1872-1949) Edwin Henry Colpitts was a communications pioneer best known for his invention of the Colpitts oscillator. As research branch chief for Western Electric in the early 1900s, he and scientists ...more

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Alfred Aho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 76 Alfred Vaino Aho is a Canadian computer scientist best known for his work on programming languages, compilers, and related algorithms, and his textbooks on the art and science of computer

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Alexander Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 70 (1822-1892) Alexander Mackenzie, PC, a building contractor and newspaper editor, was the second Prime Minister of Canada, from November 7, 1873 to October 8, 1878.

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James Douglas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 81 (1837-1918) James Douglas was a Canadian born mining engineer and businessman who introduced a number of metallurgical innovations in copper mining and amassed a fortune through the copper mining industry ...more

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Eric Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 73 (1927-2000) Eric Fawcett, was a professor of physics at the University of Toronto for 23 years. He also co-founded Science for Peace.

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Vahid Tarokh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Vahid Tarokh is an electrical engineer who has contributed to telecommunication, specifically to signal processing for wireless communications.

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Mike Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Mike Shepherd age 41 Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd, born 1977, is a music producer and head engineer of Lakewind Sound. He was born and raised in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from the ...more

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C. D. Howe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 74 (1886-1960) Clarence Decatur "C. D." Howe, PC was a powerful Canadian Cabinet minister, representing the Liberal Party. Howe served in the governments of Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie ...more

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Ali Khademhosseini is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 42 Ali Khademhosseini is an Iranian American-Canadian academic, a Full Professor at Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Associate Faculty at Wyss ...more

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Robert Legget is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 90 (1904-1994) Robert Ferguson Legget, CC FRSC was a civil engineer, historian and non-fiction writer. He was internationally known for his contributions to engineering, geology and building research and ...more

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Henry Croft is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 61 (1856-1917) Henry Croft was an Australian-born lumber and mining magnate on Vancouver Island in the early 1900s. He founded the town of Crofton, British Columbia in 1902 as a place to house the smelter for ...more

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Ahmed Khadr is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 55 (1948-2003) Ahmed Said Khadr was an Egyptian citizen and terrorist who had ties to a number of militant and Mujahideen leaders in Afghanistan, including Osama bin Laden, founder of al-Qaeda. He was accused ...more

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Elsie MacGill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 75 (1905-1980) Elizabeth Muriel Gregory "Elsie" MacGill, OC, known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes", was the world's first female aircraft designer. She worked as an aeronautical engineer ...more

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John Alexander Douglas McCurdy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 75 (1886-1961) John Alexander Douglas McCurdy was a Canadian aviation pioneer and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1947 to 1952.

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H. E. T. Haultain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 92 (1869-1961) Herbert Edward Terrick Haultain was a Canadian engineer and inventor. He was born in Brighton, England and died in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in ...more

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Michael P. Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Michael P. Collins is a structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment structures ...more

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Jack Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 96 (1888-1984) Chalmers Jack Mackenzie, CC CMG MC FRS FRSC was a Canadian civil engineer, chancellor of Carleton University, president of the National Research Council, first president of Atomic Energy of ...more

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DJ Swivel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 33 Jordan Young, known professionally as DJ Swivel, is a Grammy Award winning Canadian music producer, mixer, audio engineer, and DJ. He is a prominent audio engineer best known for working with ...more

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Malcolm Burn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 57 Malcolm Burn is a Canadian-born music producer, recording engineer and musician. In 2001, the album Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris and produced by Burn won best folk album.

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Remi Kaler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 56

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John Garand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 86 (1888-1974) Jean Cantius Garand was a Canadian-American designer of firearms best known for creating the first successful semi-automatic rifle to be widely used in active military service, the M1 Garand. ...more

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Frederick Walker Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 66 (1882-1948) Frederick Walker Baldwin, also known as Casey Baldwin, paternal grandson of Canadian reform leader Robert Baldwin, was a hydrofoil and aviation pioneer and partner of the famous inventor ...more

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Robert Foulis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 70 (1796-1866) Robert Foulis was a Canadian inventor, civil engineer and artist. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Foulis moved to Canada in 1818, following the death of his first wife in childbirth. He settled in ...more

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Collingwood Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 87 (1831-1918) Sir Collingwood Schreiber, KCMG was a surveyor, engineer and civil servant. He is best known for his efforts in contributing to the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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David Whissell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 50 David Whissell, B.Eng. is a Canadian politician, businessman, engineer and former Quebec cabinet minister. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the École ...more

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John Kelly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 82 (1852-1934) John Edmund Kelly was a politician in Alberta, Canada and a municipal councillor in Edmonton.

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Omar Alghabra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 48 Omar Alghabra is a Saudi Arabian born Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Mississauga—Erindale in the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008. He is the former president of ...more

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Lucius Richard O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 67 (1832-1899) Lucius Richard O'Brien was an influential 19th-century Canadian oil and watercolour landscape artist.

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John S. MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
John Spencer MacDonald, OC is a Canada engineer, businessman, and academic. He is co-founder of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, an aerospace, information systems, and technology company. ...more

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Nanda Lwin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
age 46 Nanda Layos Lwin is a Canadian author, music historian, journalist, and educator. He wrote the weekly ChartTalk column, a commentary of the current Canadian music charts; it appeared on canoe.ca ...more

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Bruce Fairbairn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 50 (1949-1999) Bruce Earl Fairbairn was a Canadian musician and international record producer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was active as a producer from 1976 to 1999 and is considered one of ...more

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Robert B.C. Noorduyn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 66 (1893-1959) Robert B.C. Noorduyn was a Dutch-born American aircraft designer and manufacturer. He is best known for the Noorduyn Norseman, a legendary Canadian bush plane produced in the 1930s to 1940s and ...more

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Mark de Jonge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Mark de Jonge age 34 Mark de Jonge is a male athlete who competes in canoeing. He won a silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in the men's K-4 1,000 metres event, alongside Angus Mortimer, Jeremy Bordeleau and ...more

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Casimir Gzowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Engineers from Canada
Died at 85 (1813-1898) Sir Kazimierz Stanislaus Gzowski, KCMG, was an engineer best known for his work on a wide variety of Canadian railways as well as work on the Welland Canal. He also served as acting Lieutenant ...more