Siemens Canada 110 anniversary

Celebrating Our  Anniversary

110 years in Canada

Siemens Canada's unique history

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

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1847

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.

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1874

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.

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1876

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.

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1912

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.

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1913

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.

 

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1951

Siemens supplies switching equipment for Canada’s long distance telephone network.

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1967

Siemens provided the power supply and illumination at EXPO ’67 German pavilion.

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1968

Siemens provides electrical equipment, automation and drive systems for the bucketwheel excavators in the northern Alberta oil sands.

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1978

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.

 

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1989

Siemens provides the complete electrical distribution and the computerized roof control for the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) in Toronto, Ontario.

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1993

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.

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1997

Siemens installs the world’s first fully integrated airfield lighting control system at the Vancouver Airport in British Columbia.

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2000

Siemens acquires Milltronics in Peterborough, Ontario.

 

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2002

Siemens supplies the power distribution monitoring system for Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport.

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2005

Siemens supplies the City of Edmonton with new light rail transit vehicles.

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2007

Siemens is awarded a contract to supply the Keystone Pipeline project with electrical, pumping and power supply equipment.

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2010

Siemens Canada launched a laptop donation program.

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2012

Siemens announces the acquisition of Canadian network supplier RuggedCom Inc.
 

Siemens Canada celebrates 100-year anniversary and looks ahead to solving the challenges of the twenty-first century.

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2013

Siemens Canada opens a North American smart grid centre of competence in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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2016

Smart Grid Innovation Network is created to advocate for the smart energy sector.

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2017

Canada’s first high power pantograph installed in Montreal, Quebec.

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2018

Siemens launches global Cybersecurity Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
 

Siemens Canada’s contributions for Cystic Fibrosis Canada reached $2M.

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2019

Siemens Canada is recognized with the Werner von Siemens Country Award for its overall performance.
 

Siemens Milltronics celebrates its 65th anniversary.

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2020

Comfy workplace app makes it safe to return to the office during the coronavirus pandemic.
 

Siemens provided CAE with products for 11,000 ventilators, 10,000 of which were slated for supply to Government of Canada.

Siemens supported the Canadian Red Cross’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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2021

50th Anniversary of the manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec.

Siemens Canada celebrated the 10 years of tree planting with Tree Canada.

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2022

Opening of the Critical Infrastructure Defense Centre in Fredericton, NB.

175 Years!

Siemens AG history