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Milestones of business development

1860–1990

1867

First Canadian contract signed by Siemens and the Acadia Iron Mines in Nova Scotia

 

1873

William Siemens becomes a director of the Steel Company of Canada

 

1875

Siemens’ cable ship Faraday completes the first direct telegraph cable across the Atlantic, linking Ireland’s west coast to North America

 

1909

Formation of Siemens Brothers Dynamo Works (Canada), headquartered in Toronto

 

1912

Founding of Siemens Company of Canada Ltd.

 

1955

Individual German plants conclude representation agreements with The Ahearn & Soper Company Ltd., Ottawa

 

1956

Siemens & Halske (S&H) wins orders to equip telefax networks for the Canadian Pacific Railway and the National Railway

 

1959

Exclusive agency contract signed with The Ahearn & Soper Company Ltd.

 

1962

Founding of the company Siemens Halske and Siemens Schuckert (Canada) Ltd. in Montreal. Three years later, the company is renamed Siemens Canada Ltd.

 

1968

Delivery of the transformers for the Hydro Quebec hydroelectric power plant. These are the largest German-built units to date

 

1970

Startup of the world’s largest ship-loading plant. Siemens Canada Ltd. provides the electrical equipment

 

1973

Siemens installs the first 42 MeV Betatron radiation unit at the University of Saskatoon

 

1975

Siemens and consortium partners receive a major order to supply a high-voltage DC transmission system for Canada’s Nelson River Project. It is the second most powerful DC transmission in the world

 

1976

Siemens Canada Ltd. is renamed Siemens Electric Ltd.

 

1977

Siemens supplies 27 light rail rolling stock trains for Calgary’s transport system

 

1990

Acquisition of Maci Industries Group from Magna International Inc. (a manufacturer of electric drives)

1996

Joint venture with Newbridge Network Corp. in the field of broadband communications

 

2000

Takeover of the Canadian process automation company, Milltronics Ltd., Ontario

 

2004 and 2005

Siemens receives orders for delivering state-of-the-art light rail vehicles to Calgary and Edmonton

 

2006

Siemens delivers plant for processing waste water for oil sand production in Canada

 

2007

Siemens wins order for delivery, installation and commissioning of 44 wind turbines for the Port Alma energy project near Wheatley, Ontario

 

2010

In Toronto the results of a study conducted by Siemens entitled "The challenge of sustainable urban development in Canada" are presented

 

2011

Opening of a new wind turbine manufacturing plant in Tillsonburg, Ontario

 

2012

Siemens secures order to supply two 500 kilovolt converter stations for a high-voltage DC transmission link in western Alberta, Canada

 

2013

As part of Siemens’ and NB Power’s smart grid reduce and shift demand modernization plan, Siemens is building a Smart Grid Centre of Competence in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Highlights from 170 years of Siemens history

Learn about selected events from the company’s history in our History News, which we’re continually expanding for you.