Famous Canadian Engineers

Find out more about the greatest Canadian Engineers, including Garrett Camp, Marc Garneau, Sid Meier, Jade Raymond and Gerald Bull.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Julie Payette

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Famous As: Governor General of Canada
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.

 2 Sid Meier

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Famous As: Video game producer, Engineer, Video game designer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit

Game designer Sid Meier soared to fame with the strategy game series Civilization. Initially a cash-register designer, he later co-founded the gaming company MicroProse. He met his wife at a Lutheran Church, where they both still sing. Apart from the AIAS Hall of Fame Award, he has also penned a memoir.

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 3 Sandford Fleming

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 7, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 22, 1915

 4 Clyde Klotz

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Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canada

 5 Gerald Bull

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Famous As: Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Inventor
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.  

 6 David Baszucki

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

 7 Garrett Camp

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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
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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 8 Jade Raymond

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Famous As: Television presenter, Engineer
Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal

 9 Marc Garneau

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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: February 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quebec City

 10 Rob Pike

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Famous As: Software engineer
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.

 11 Bob Rock

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Famous As: Bassist, Engineer, Audio engineer, Musician, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: April 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver

 12 Peter Munk

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: November 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest

 13 Patrice Désilets

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Famous As: Game designer
Birthdate: May 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

 14 John Garand

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Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: January 1, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Rémi, Quebec, Canada
Died: February 16, 1974

One of his parents’ 12 children, Canadian-born John Garand moved to the U.S. with his father and siblings after his mother’s death. He went from working in a textile mill as a child to creating the semi-automatic rifle M1 Garand, used widely by the U.S. military in World War II.

 15 Maher Arar

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Famous As: engineer
Birthdate: September 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Syria

 16 Andrew Coyne

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Famous As: Columnist, Editor
Birthdate: December 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa

 17 Theo de Raadt

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Network engineer, Programmer
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.

 18 Robert Latimer

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Famous As: Farmer
Birthdate: March 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces

 19 Ryan North

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Famous As: Engineer, Programmer, Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ottawa

 20 Omar Alghabra

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Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia

 21 Sidney Harman

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 12, 2011

 22 Alfred Aho

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer
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. 

 23 Bruce Fairbairn

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Famous As: Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: May 17, 1999

 24 Robert Thirsk

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Famous As: Astronaut
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.

 25 Sukh Dhaliwal

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Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Punjab, India

 26 Bjarni Tryggvason

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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: September 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavik

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. 

 27 Steven Blaney

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Famous As: Politician, Engineer
Birthdate: April 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sherbrooke

 28 Jim Bohlen

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 5, 2010

 29 MafiaBoy

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Famous As: Computer hacker
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada