About CBS

The Canadian Boiler Society is a society of energy and environmentally concerned companies consisting of boiler manufacturers and supplier companies to the boiler industry in Canada.

Our Mission:

  • Promoting ideas of common interest to the public and other interested parties.
  • Being proactive with governments in matters affecting safety and the boiler industry.
  • Providing a forum to permit suppliers to the boiler industry the opportunity of promoting their capabilities and product lines to users.


The first meetings of the Canadian Boiler Manufactures were held in the early 1920's at which the following representatives attended:
  • Mr. Alex Goldie, Goldie McCulloch
  • Mr. Logan Waterous, Waterous Engineering
  • Mr. William Inglis, John Inglis
  • Col. Ibbotson Leonard, E. Leonard & Sons
After a period of comparative inactivity, Logan Waterous arranged a meeting at Brandford of the Canadian members of the original Association of the United States Boiler Manufacturers. Those attending were:
  • Mr. Hugh McCulloch, Babcock-Wilcox & Goldie McCulloch
  • Mr. Logan Waterous, Waterous Engineering
  • Mr. William Inglis, John Inglis
  • Col. Ibbotson Leonard, E.Leonard & Sons
  • Mr. George Macnoe, Foster Wheeler
At this meeting, Logan Waterous suggested that the association be revitalized and it was agreed he should act as Chairman and Hugh McCulloch agreed to act as honorary secretary, with his duties being confined to distribution to the members of Minutes of Meetings. Subsequently, this became too onerous and Mr. Jos T. Crowder was engaged as a paid secretary. The main interest of all concerned at that time was H.R.T. Boilers.

In 1935, the Welded Steel Boiler was gradually displaying H.R.T.'s and at that time the welded steel Boiler Institute was formed. This Institute consisted of the manufactures of high and low pressure Fire Tube Boilers. The first elected President was Mr. Hugh McCulloch, followed by Mr. George Macnoe.

The Institute was responsible for the following programs:

Each boiler manufacturer had a large number of sizes of boilers and each manufacturer varied from each other. This made specification work extremely difficult for consulting engineers and architects. The specifications, at this time, were based on grate surface, and it was at a later date through the diligent work of the Institute members that the Heating Surface became the basis for the boiler size.

Following the standardization of boiler size, the net and gross ratings were accepted as standard fro both steam and water. In the high pressure boiler field they were rated at 10 square feet per boiler horse power and here again, the large number of sizes made it necessary to standardize and in so doing, decrease the number of boiler sizes.

In 1940, the Institute's activities were extended to cover Water Tube Boilers motivated largely by the Emergency Naval program. It is of interest to note that the British Admiralty Technical Mission called for riveted boiler drums but by this time the Canadian manufacturers had discarded their riveting equipment and were fabricating welded drums to the ASME Code requirements which the BATM finally agreed to accept.

On January 20, 1947, the Canadian Steel Boiler Institute met with the boiler inspectors across Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba to prepare a standard set of specifications for boilers used in Canada. Mr. Crowder was loaned by the Institute to the inspectors for secretarial work on this important project. In 1949, at the request of some members of the Canadian Standards Association, the B-51 Code Committee was formed for setting safety standards for boilers and pressure vessels. The Institute had representatives on this B-51 Committee to assist in this valuable work. This was a major accomplishment, as a great many designing difficulties were overcome. This promoted standards of fabrication with consequent cost reductions and a great simplification of engineering details. Subsequently, the B-51 Code Committee with our representative Mr. Metcalfe of Foster Wheeler, attended the I.S.O. meeting in Madrid, February 1956. a very constructive report of this meeting was submitted by Mr. Metcalfe.

Eventually, to the great satisfaction of all concerned, all provinces agreed to accept B-51 Code Committee's recommendations and the ASME Code became universal across the country.

On June 16, 1952, the Canadian Boiler Society was formed at the Annual General Meeting in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, under the acting Chairmanship of Mr. W.A. Montgomery of John Inglis. Mr. Montgomery acted as Chairman in the first Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Boiler Society. The Officers elected were as follows:

  • Mr. J.E. Neilson of F.W., President
  • Mr. D.B. Armstrong of D.B., Vice President
  • Mr. J.R. Duncan of D.B., Treasurer

The Executive Committee were:

A New set of By-Laws and Constitutions were drawn up and approved by the Membership. It is interesting to note, the title Society was adopted since the meaning of Society is "association of persons united by a common aim, interest or principle."

In 1991, Boiler Manufacturing Member and Associate Member dues equalized.

In 1992, the Canadian Boiler Society were given seats on N306/604 Nox/Voc task force steering committee and working groups.

In 1997, the Canadian Boiler Society met with Ontario Government TSSA representatives to discuss enforcement of the water content rule for unattended boilers.
Re-organization of Board of Directors and Committee Leaders

CBS moves its office to a central location

The Annual General Meeting timing was changed from Fall to Spring

CBS moves its headquarters to Kingston, ON under the Association Management of Events & Management Plus Inc.

Bylaw Amended and Restated at Annual General Meeting in Kingston, ON, November 10, 2016