Famous Canadian Engineers

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Find out more about the greatest Canadian Engineers, including Garrett Camp, Marc Garneau, Sid Meier, Jade Raymond and Gerald Bull.
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Julie Payette
(29th Governor General of Canada Who Served from 2017 to 2021)
Julie Payette
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Birthdate: October 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Canadian engineer and astronaut Julie Payette has been the Governor General of Canada from 2017 to 2021. She was initially a research scientist and then joined the Canadian Space Agency, eventually completing two spaceflights. Payette resigned as governor general after a workplace review accused her of workplace harassment.
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Sandford Fleming
(Scottish Canadian Engineer and Inventor of 'Worldwide Standard Time')
Sandford Fleming
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Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 22, 1915
Hailed as the Father of Standard Time, Canadian engineer ,Sandford Fleming, promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and the use of the 24-hour clock. He also designed Canada's first postage stamp and founded the Royal Canadian Institute in 1849. Fleming gained the reputation as one of the primary railway engineers and was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1897.
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Garrett Camp
(Innovator & Entrepreneurs)
Garrett Camp
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Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

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Gerald Bull
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Inventor)
Gerald Bull
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Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: March 22, 1990

Gerald Vincent Bull was a Canadian artillery expert, known for designing Project Babylon supergun for the Government of Iraq. His idea was to do away with the conventional rockets by firing satellites into orbit from a 156m-long barrel embedded inside a hill. However, his assassination within two years of the start of the project put an end to it.  

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Bob Rock
(Record producer well known as a producer for heavy metal bands such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe)
Bob Rock
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Birthdate: April 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada

Grammy Award-winning Canadian sound engineer and music producer Robert Jens Rock, or Bob Rock, has not just worked with bands such as Metallica and Aerosmith, but has also composed for films such as Mission: Impossible II and St. Elmo's Fire. He is part of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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Marc Garneau
(Astronaut, Engineer, Politician)
Marc Garneau
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Birthdate: February 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quebec City

Distinguished Canadian politician, Marc Garneau, began his career as a naval officer and while in service became the first Canadian to travel to the outer space, eventually becoming the President of Canadian Space Agency. Elected to the Parliament as a member of the Liberal Party, he was named Minister of Transport in 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2021.

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Rob Pike
(Canadian Programmer Best Known for His Work on the 'Go Programming Language' and 'Plan 9' Operating System)
Rob Pike
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Canada

Best known as the co-designer of the Go programming language, computer programmer Rob Pike has had an illustrious stint with the Bell Labs and now works with Google. He was also part of the Unix development team and has co-written books such as The Practice of Programming.

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Peter Munk
(Engineer)
Peter Munk
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Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest

Peter Munk was a Hungarian-Canadian investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with founding numerous high-profile business ventures, such as Clairtone Sound Corporation Limited, Barrick Gold Corporation, and TrizecHahn Corporation. He also helped found the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation which has given away over $300 million to various non-profit organizations that aim at improving the lives of Canadians.

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Patrice Désilets
(Game designer)
Patrice Désilets
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Birthdate: May 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Canadian game designer Patrice Désilets is best known for his Assassin's Creed game series. He also contributed to the creative direction of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Hype: The Time Quest. After leaving Ubisoft, he formed his own studio, the Montreal-based Panache Digital Games.

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Bruce Fairbairn
(Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer)
Bruce Fairbairn
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Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: May 17, 1999
Bruce Fairbairn was a Canadian musician and international record producer whose style was notable for introducing dynamic horn arrangements into rock music productions. A classically trained trumpet player, Fairbairn gave many hits like Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, Big Ones, Loverboy’s albums among others. He also established Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver.
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Maher Arar
(engineer)
Maher Arar
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Birthdate: September 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syria

A Syrian engineer who later moved to Canada, Maher Arar made headlines after being detained at the JFK International Airport, on his way to Montreal after a holiday in Tunisia. Suspected of being an Al Qaeda member, he was deported to Syria and tortured, before the government realized its mistake.

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Robert Latimer
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Birthdate: March 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces

Robert Latimer is a Canadian farmer who was convicted of killing his daughter Tracy. Latimer argued that he killed Tracy as she was suffering from cerebral palsy that caused her immense pain. The case sparked controversy with many questioning the definition of euthanasia and the rights of differently-abled people. Latimer gained public support and was granted full parole in 2010.

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Andrew Coyne
(Columnist, Editor)
Andrew Coyne
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Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa

Andrew Coyne is a Canadian columnist who has worked with popular publications like Maclean's and National Post. He is currently working for The Globe and Mail. In 1994, Andrew Coyne was honored by the Public Policy Forum with the prestigious Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism.

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Theo de Raadt
(Computer scientist, Engineer, Network engineer, Programmer)
Theo de Raadt
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Birthdate: May 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pretoria

Born to a South African mother and a Dutch father in Pretoria, Theo de Raadt later moved to Canada with his family. The software engineer founded the OpenBSD and OpenSSH operating system networks and also contributed to NetBSD. He has also formed the Internet Exchange YYCIX in Calgary.

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Alfred Aho
(Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer)
Alfred Aho
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Birthdate: August 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Timmins

Alfred Aho is a Canadian computer scientist. He is best known for his work on compilers, programming languages, and related algorithms. He is the author of several popular textbooks on the art and science of computer programming. Along with his long-time collaborator Jeffrey Ullman, he was awarded the 2020 Turing Award, one of the most prestigious awards in computer science. 

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Robert Thirsk
(Canadian Engineer, Physician and a Former Canadian Space Agency Astronaut)
Robert Thirsk
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Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk made history when he became the first person to receive a degree from space when he was awarded an honorary degree while on a space mission. He also boasts of an MIT Sloan MBA. A mechanical engineer, he had initially also studied medicine.

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Ryan North
(Engineer, Programmer, Cartoonist)
Ryan North
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Birthdate: October 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ottawa

Computational linguistics expert and New York Times bestselling Canadian author Ryan North is known for his award-winning books such as Romeo and/or Juliet and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. He is also the creator of the fixed-art webcomic Dinosaur Comics, which won the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award.

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Elsie MacGill
(Aerospace Engineer)
Elsie MacGill
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Birthdate: March 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 4, 1980
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Henry Croft
(Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for Cowichan)
Henry Croft
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Birthdate: January 15, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Darling Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: July 28, 1917
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Bjarni Tryggvason
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Birthdate: September 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: April 5, 2022

Bjarni Tryggvason is an engineer and former astronaut who played an important role in the Space Shuttle mission STS-85, where he served as a Payload Specialist. The mission, which was conducted in 1997, played a key role in studying the changes in the Earth's atmosphere. In 1997, Tryggvason was honored with the prestigious NASA Space Flight Medal. 

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Steven Blaney
(Politician, Engineer)
Steven Blaney
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Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sherbrooke
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Jim Bohlen
(American Engineer, Activist and One of the Founders of Greenpeace)
Jim Bohlen
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 5, 2010

Initially an engineer in the US, Jim Bohlen had also worked with the US navy and defense departments, before moving to Canada due to his lack of faith in the American government’s nuclear policy. He later gained fame as one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and as a Green Party activist.

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Lawrence A. Hyland
(American Electrical Engineer Who Played an Important Role in the Invention of Radar)
Lawrence A. Hyland
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Birthdate: August 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: November 24, 1989

Lawrence A. Hyland was an American electrical engineer who made significant contributions that led to the invention of radar. He is best known for turning Hughes Aircraft, which was viewed by Howard Hughes as nothing more than a hobby shop, into one of the world’s best-known technology companies. Hyland also played an important role in the development of doppler radar.

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MafiaBoy
(Canadian Computer Hacker & Security Expert)
MafiaBoy
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Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Michael Calce or MafiaBoy is a Canadian computer hacker-turned-security expert. He achieved notoriety in 2000 when he launched a series of denial-of-service attacks against large commercial websites like Amazon.com, Yahoo, Dell, Inc., eBay, and CNN. The defenseless state of computer systems were realized after MafiaBoy's attack, which led to a significant increase in online security in the decade that followed.