H. H. Couzens

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Sir Herbert Henry Couzens KBE (1877-November 17, 1944) was a British electrical engineering executive who managed public utilities in England, Canada, and Brazil.


Couzens was an electrical engineer for West Ham in London, England when he was recruited in 1913 to head the new Toronto Hydro Electric Commission in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was instrumental in guiding the early development and expansion of the publicly owned electric network in Toronto.

Seven years later, in September 1920, he also became the first General Manager of the Toronto Transportation Commission (TTC), which had been established earlier that year to take over several privately and publicly owned street railway operations. He managed the integration of the different streetcar networks into one unified system, and oversaw the extensive rebuilding and reequipping of the TTC that took place throughout the early 1920s.

Job change[edit]

Couzens resigned his positions as general manager of Toronto Hydro and of the TTC in 1924, and joined the Brazilian Traction, Light and Power Co. a Canadian-owned utility based in Brazil, with extensive holdings in South America, and later became vice-president of the company. In 1937 he moved from Rio de Janeiro to England to work for the firm, and was knighted that same year.[1] He returned to Toronto, Canada in 1941 as president of the company.


In 1944, on a business trip to Brazil, he became ill and later died in England.


Preceded by
General Manager of the Toronto Transportation Commission
Succeeded by
D.W. Harvey