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 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 2 Julie Payette

Julie Payette
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.
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 3 Elon Musk

Elon Musk
Famous As: CEO of Tesla
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur, engineer and industrial designer, Elon Musk, is famous as founder of the electronic payment firm PayPal, and the SpaceX spacecraft company. He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has plans to revolutionize transportation on earth as well as to space through futuristic technology.

 4 Garrett Camp

Garrett Camp
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.

 5 Sandford Fleming

Sandford Fleming
Famous As: Engineer
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.

 6 David Baszucki

David Baszucki
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 Clyde Klotz

Clyde Klotz
Famous As: Production Designer
Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canada
Canadian art director/production designer Clyde Klotz is better known as The X Files actor Gillian Anderson’s first husband. Klotz has worked on several movies and shows, such as 50 Shades of Grey and 21 Jump Street. Anderson and Klotz had tied the knot in a Buddhist ceremony in Hawaii.
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 8 Gerald Bull

Gerald Bull
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.  

 9 Jade Raymond

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

Canadian video-game creator and former Ubisoft executive Jade Raymond is best known for creating the Assassin’s Creed game franchise. Also known for her Watch Dogs games, she has announced the creation of a Montreal-based personal studio, Haven Studios. She has previously worked with Google’s Stadia Games streaming service.

 10 Bob Rock

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

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.

 11 Marc Garneau

Marc Garneau
Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer, Politician
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.

 12 Rob Pike

Rob Pike
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.

 13 Peter Munk

Peter Munk
Famous As: Engineer
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.

 14 Patrice Désilets

Patrice Désilets
Famous As: Game designer
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.

 15 John Garand

John Garand
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.

 16 Maher Arar

Maher Arar
Famous As: engineer
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.

 17 Sidney Harman

Sidney Harman
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: April 12, 2011
Sidney Harman was an engineer and businessman who also served as the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce in 1977-1978. The Canadian-born American engineer was the publisher of Newsweek after purchasing the magazine for one dollar in 2010. He began the high-fidelity industry with the founding of Harman/Kardon, Inc. in 1952 and is known for the Quality of Working Life programs.

 18 Bruce Fairbairn

Bruce Fairbairn
Famous As: Musician, Engineer, Audio engineer, Trumpeter, Record producer, Composer
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.

 19 Robert Latimer

Robert Latimer
Famous As: Farmer
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.

 20 Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne
Famous As: Columnist, Editor
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.

 21 Theo de Raadt

Theo de Raadt
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.

 22 Omar Alghabra

Omar Alghabra
Famous As: Engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saudi Arabia
Canadian politician Omar Alghabra is currently serving as the minister of transport. He was elected to the House of Commons in the 2006 election. Alghabra also served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erindale from 2006 to 2008. A longtime community activist, Alghabra has worked in various roles with General Electric Canada, Enbala Power, and the Ontario Energy Board.

 23 Ryan North

Ryan North
Famous As: Engineer, Programmer, Cartoonist
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.

 24 Alfred Aho

Alfred Aho
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. 

 25 Robert Thirsk

Robert Thirsk
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.

 26 Bjarni Tryggvason

Bjarni Tryggvason
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 Sukh Dhaliwal

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

 28 Steven Blaney

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

 29 MafiaBoy

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

 30 Jim Bohlen

Jim Bohlen
Famous As: Engineer
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.

 31 Lawrence A. Hyland

Lawrence A. Hyland
Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: August 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: November 24, 1989

 32 Elsie MacGill

Elsie MacGill
Famous As: Aerospace Engineer
Birthdate: March 27, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: November 4, 1980