Siemens Canada Celebrates Centennial

Automation giant's presence in Canada dates back to Confederation.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Siemens Canada celebrated its 100-year anniversary with an event at its new 110,000 square foot headquarters in Oakville, to be completed in late 2012. The event was attended by Siemens senior executives, including Siemens AG CEO Peter Löscher.

Siemens Canada’s parent company, Siemens AG was founded in Germany 165 years ago, and conducted its first work on the shores of Canada shortly after Confederation, laying one of the first transatlantic telegraph cables between Europe and North America, from Ireland to Halifax, in 1874. The company was chartered federally as the Siemens Company of Canada Limited in Montreal in 1912.

Since then, Siemens Canada was involved in several important Canadian firsts, including the first national telex network in1957; one of the first modern light rail systems in North America in 1975; and the design and installation of the world’s first retractable roof at Toronto’s Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) in 1989. Siemens also played a role in some of Canada’s most iconic projects, including lighting areas of Expo’67 in Montreal; illuminating both the CN Tower in 1994 and Niagara Falls in 2007.