Sir Adam Beck's Birthplace

Founder of Ontario's public hydro-electric system, Adam Beck (1857-1925) was born in Baden. He lived in this community until 1885 when he moved to London, Ontario. Beck was elected mayor of that city in 1902, and the following year was appointed to a provincial commission to investigate the development and distribution of power from Niagara Falls. He served as a member of the Ontario legislature where, in 1906, he introduced the bill which set up the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario. As chairman of that body, 1906-25, he was largely responsible for its successful establishment and growth, and was knighted in 1914.


In front of Baden Public School, 220 Snyder's Road East, Baden - west of Kitchener on Regional Road 6

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Municipality: Township of Wilmot