Beauchamp, Jacques C., 1928-2019

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Beauchamp, Jacques C., 1928-2019

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  • Beauchamp, Jacques

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1928-06-08 - 2019-09-03


Jacques C. Beauchamp was born in Ottawa on 8 June 1928. He received a bilingual education in Ottawa schools and then went to McGill University in Montreal. He graduated with a bachelors in civil engineering in 1952. He started with the Department of Northern Affairs and Natural Resources on the restoration of historical sites and bridge designs for the National Parks Branch. Beauchamp moved to the federal Department of Public Works (later Public Works Canada) in 1955 where he worked on the design of structures for the Trans-Canada Highway through the Rockies and bridges in the north.

Beauchamp was a District Engineer in Quebec 1960-1967, where he was responsible for the Trans-Canada Highway in Quebec, Roads to Resources, and other civil engineering work. In 1970 Beauchamp became the Director of Bridge Engineering for Public Works Canada (PWC) in Ottawa and the Director General of Structures in 1987. He oversaw the design, assessment and repair of interprovincial bridges. He had oversight of the skating oval, ski jump and bob sled/luge tracks for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary. Beauchamp’s most important project was the preliminary work on the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick across the Northumberland Strait. He was one of the key people in overseeing the preparation of engineering feasibility studies and the first round of tender proposals for the construction of the Confederation Bridge. Beauchamp retired from PWC in 1990. He died in Ottawa on 3 September 2019.


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Following RAD rule 22.2A, authorized form of name based on most prominent usage in Beauchamp's works, found in the archival fonds.


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Written by Larry McNally; entered into Archeion by Adele Torrance, 2018-06-15. Biographical sketch, sources, and authorized form of name updated, Adele Torrance, 2020-04-22.




-CSTM Archives, Jacques C. Beauchamp fonds, Series 001 Personal, File Beauchamp, J. C. Curriculum Vitae [2014].
-“Jacques C. Beauchamp.” (2019 September 7). The Ottawa Citizen. Obituaries. Accessed online 2020-04-22:

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