Siemens Canada 110 anniversary

Celebrating Our  Anniversary

110 years in Canada

110 years in Canada

110 years of bringing industry, innovation, and infrastructure to Canadians from coast to coast.

There are big birthdays, and then there are the kinds of milestones that Siemens Canada is celebrating this year: 110 years since it officially opened its headquarters on August 29, 1912, in the heart of Old Montreal.

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



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.


The Automatic Toll Switching Systems offered by Siemens significantly increased the speed of connecting calls (and a client’s revenue) by streamlining the switching process. Operators could easily connect calls to subscribers or other exchanges around the country using a keyboard, and incoming calls were queued according to their order of arrival. Calls that were routed to congested lines were “stored” until the call could be completed, and the operator was notified, reducing the chances of a call being “lost.”



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


In 1967, Montreal hosted one of the most successful International and Universal Exposition, EXPO’67. The fair coincided with Canada’s 100th Anniversary and brought most attendees to that date and 62 nations participating.


Starting in 1966, Siemens began work on not one but three different projects: the power supply and illumination of the spectacular, tent-like German Pavilion; the under-water illumination of a display of fountains in an artificial lake; and the illumination of the Expo stadium with high-powered Xenon floodlights.



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.


A retractable roof was the first of its kind in the world. Thirty-one storeys high, the 8500-tonne roof consisted of four panels, one of which (at the north end of the stadium) was fixed in place, while the other three moved on high-strength rails. Siemens electric drives and controllers ensured that the roof opened smoothly for the first time on June 3, 1989.



Siemens provides the complete systems integration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaker.


For five years (1988–1993), the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent underwent modernization at the Halifax Shipyard. Five massive 8000 hp Krupp MaK diesel engines drove Siemens electric generators to provide power for the entire ship. The Siemens generators were responsible not only for powering the three 9000 hp drives that drove the vessel’s three shafts and propellers, but also for providing power to the network that was the basis of day-to-day operations on the ship.



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. 


Today, Siemens Peterborough is part of the Digital Industries sector (DI), Process Automation business unit (PA), and Process Instrumentation (PI) business segment. It designs and manufactures sophisticated measurement instruments for the process industries.




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.



Siemens announces the acquisition of Canadian network supplier RuggedCom Inc. Ruggedcom manufactures rugged communications equipment for harsh environments. The ruggedcom products perform at their best when the environment is at its worst, offering fast and reliable communications for electric power, transportation, oil & gas and other industries.


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



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



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



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



Siemens launches global Cybersecurity Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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



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

Siemens Milltronics celebrates its 65th anniversary.



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


Siemens supported the Canadian Red Cross’ COVID-19 Relief Fund. Employees and the company made a contribution of almost $45k to help provide the needed resources to healthcare workers and people affected by COVID-19 crisis.



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

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



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


The center is the first facility of its kind in the Siemens realm dedicated to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) focused on Operations Technology (OT). The team of cyber experts based in Fredericton will support cyber and physical security needs of the local market as well as projects in the rest of Canada, US, UK, Europe and the Middle East.

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