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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Lee Briggs (1903-1992)


Born at Killarney on 5 July 1903, son of Thomas A. Briggs and Dora Tozeland, he received a Governor General’s Medal on graduating from high school. He attended Wesley College and worked for two years with the Union Bank. After attending Normal School, he taught public school in northern Saskatchewan. He then attended the University of Manitoba, receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1928 and was awarded the University Gold Medal. He began working with the Winnipeg Hydro-Electric System (later Winnipeg Hydro), rising to become General Manager in 1952. Three years later, he was appointed General Manager and Chief Engineer of the British Columbia Power Corporation, based in Victoria, and, in 1959, as one of the five original members of the newly created National Energy Board of Canada, based in Ottawa. He was a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. On 30 March 1929, he married Margaret Lydia Scott (?-1991) at Winnipeg. They had three children. He returned to Victoria in 1981 and died there on 27 September 1992. He was commemorated by Briggs Road in the now-abandoned residential area of Pointe du Bois.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1992, page 41.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 November 2016

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