Siemens has played an impressive role over the past 110 years in shaping the technological evolution of Canada. Unlike many other companies, it has successfully grown and overcome many challenges and crises.
Playing an active role in shaping the future has always been a major goal. Discover Siemens’ Canadian technological milestones that have revolutionized a broad range of industries, as we take you on a trip through Siemens history.
Discover major stories from our history
At 31, Werner von Siemens and university mechanical engineer Johann Georg Halske establish the Telegraph Construction Company of Siemens & Halske to manufacture pointer telegraphs. The 10-man company begins operations on October 12, 1847 in Berlin, Germany.
Siemens – with the help of a purpose-built cable-laying ship, the Faraday – begins laying telegraph cable to link the Old World and the New World. The cable runs from Ireland to Halifax, and on to the United States, physically linking Europe with North America.
On May 8, 1867, William Siemens, Werner von Siemens’ younger brother, sends a contractual letter to John Livesey, director of the Londonderry Iron Company of Nova Scotia. In 1876, William is named director of the Steel Company of Canada.
On August 29, 1912, the Siemens Company of Canada Limited is officially created. The new company is based in the historic financial district of Montreal, Quebec, at the corner of St.-Francois-Xavier and St. James Street West.
Siemens provides a 500kW motor generator set to the City of Winnipeg in 1913. The City of Edmonton purchases the generator from the City of Winnipeg in 1968. In the early 1980s, the City of Edmonton purchases the generator to power the historic Edmonton Radial Railway Society streetcar system, including a vintage Siemens vehicle, at Fort Edmonton Park.
Siemens supplies switching equipment for Canada’s long distance telephone network.
Siemens provided the power supply and illumination at EXPO ’67 German pavilion.
Siemens provides electrical equipment, automation and drive systems for the bucketwheel excavators in the northern Alberta oil sands.
The City of Calgary selects Siemens to supply a light rail transit system, similar to that supplied to the City of Edmonton. 27 light rail rolling stock trains are installed in the first phase. The scope of the order would be expanded in later years. To this day, Siemens continues updating Calgary’s light rail vehicle fleet.
Siemens provides the complete electrical distribution and the computerized roof control for the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) in Toronto, Ontario.
Siemens provides the complete systems integration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker, Louis S. St.-Laurent, which in 1981 retrieved the Kurt Weather Station, with its Siemens technology, from the coast of Labrador.
Siemens installs the world’s first fully integrated airfield lighting control system at the Vancouver Airport in British Columbia.
Siemens acquires Milltronics in Peterborough, Ontario.
Siemens supplies the power distribution monitoring system for Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport.
Siemens supplies the City of Edmonton with new light rail transit vehicles.
Siemens is awarded a contract to supply the Keystone Pipeline project with electrical, pumping and power supply equipment.
Siemens Canada launched a laptop donation program.
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